The problem with government isn’t just that we have too many laws, but that the ones we have often don’t work.
In 2000, two-thirds of all alcohol-related traffic deaths involved a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.14 or higher. The legal limit was 0.10. So did Congress, in its wisdom, do anything to encourage states to crack down on drivers who the most impaired, either by booze or anything else?
No. Instead, it pressured them to lower the threshold for a DUI/DWI from 0.10 to 0.08.
Did this make the roads safer, leading to fewer traffic deaths? No. The number of alcohol-related deaths went up. One possible explanation: Cops were diverted from catching the super-impaired to those who were newly defined as impaired.
One commentator, then, suggests we do away with drunk-driving laws.