Alcohol: Drawing the Line for Drivers

The number of deaths and disabling injuries due to traffic accidents keeps climbing. In 1958, automotive fatalities totaled 36,981. Last year the toll reached 52,500. Well over half the drivers may have been drinking to the legal point of intoxication before the accidents occurred. To cope with this situation, the National Safety Council in 1961 recommended a stiffening of statutory lim its set to separate sober from drunk drivers. The blood alcohol level* indicating intoxication, advised the N.S.C., should be lowered from .15% to .10%. Some states have adopted the new limit,...

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