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Should the BAC be 0.0?

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Started: 7/23/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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strikepose821

Con

BAC is most commonly used to measure the level of alcohol concentration in your bloodstream, used for legal and medicinal purposes.(s) BAC level currently in the US is 0.8 however it shouldnt be 0.0.(c) Not everyone with high BAC experiences the same symptoms.(s) Drivers can show signs of intoxication even if they had not been drinking at all(s) For example, prescription medications have similar side effects. (S)
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

The blood alcohol content (BAC) should be 0.0 considering the amount of deaths per year related to alcohol. (ec) According to the CDC, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. (s) In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (s)
There should be a zero tolerance law in effect considering all of the lives taken for drinking and riving related accidents. (re)
Other countries such as Japan have implemented such laws as well. (s) Japan drinking and driving offenses, can lead to fines or jail time. Even allowing someone else to drink and drive with you as a passenger is considered a crime. (s)
The alcohol related deaths rates will drastically reduce if the BAC was changed to 0.0.
(k) Drivers showing signs of intoxication is a different topic than the BAC measuring 0.0. and leads to the point of who no one driving should not be intoxicated at all.

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Debate Round No. 1
strikepose821

Con

In 1982, a woman was admittied into the UCLA emergency room with a BAC level of 1.33, she was alert and fine.(s) In 2008, a woman from, arizona was arrested for DWI, she was the designated driver, she refused the breathalyzer test and her blood test cam back with BAC f 0.0 Officer states that the woman had bloodshot eyes, flushed face, and strong smell of alcohol.(s)Breathalyzers are not always the most reliable source.(s) An individual could be drinking alll night and still have a bad level as 0.0(s)
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

(k) The argument is not discussing whether or not breathalyzers are accurate, its whether or not the BAC should be 0.0.
You're correct, one individual may be drinking all night and have a BAC of 0.0, but someone else who only has 2 beers, would be heavily intoxicated. (ec) This is exacty my point of why we cannot hold a standard of the actual legal limit of BAC. (em) Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently and over different times. (s) We cannot guarentee that one person will be "ok" to drive and another can barley get to their car. (s)
The BAC should be changed to 0.0 considering all of the risks involved. (ec) Implementing stricter laws would assist with scaring people not to drive while drinking at all. (s) Other countries have done so and have been successful as mentioned below. According to www.drink-drive-lose.com:
• Australia - Immediate loss of license for a minimum of six months if it is your first offense and a permanent loss for your second offense (source)
•El Salvador - Anyone with a BAC over 0.01 (which is effectively zero tolerance), automatic license suspension, seizure of your vehicle and probable fines (source)
•England - Lose of license for a minimum 1 year (3 years for 2nd offence if within 10 years), substantial fine and possibility of up to 6 months imprisonment (source)
•Finland - Drivers guilty of driving while intoxicated face a fine or imprisonment for up to two years (source)
•France - Your car will be confiscated, three year loss of license, possibility of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine (source)
•New Zealand - A fine of at least $1,000 and depending upon your age and BAC level, the lose of your license for at least three months (source)
•Russia - A first-time offender convicted of a DUI can have their license suspended for up to two years; In addition, knowingly allowing an intoxicated person to drive can get your license suspended; Refusing a field or chemical sobriety test can result in a fifteen day imprisonment (source)
•Sweden - A BAC over 0.02 will result in fines based upon how much money you have in the bank, possibly have your car seize and sold off and being sent to an alcohol treatment program (source)

If we held more strict laws, ess people would get on the road intoxicated and less people would end up dead. (ep)
Debate Round No. 2
strikepose821

Con

More people would be getting arrested and convicted of a crime that isn't even dangerous.(s) More money would be taken from the government to send cops out to find these people driving with 0.1 BAC level.(s) this is a waste of their time and our money. (ri) Having a n tolerance BC level in the U.S. would affect business like restaurants and bars greatly. (ri)
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

(k) More people would be getting arrested and convicted of crimes which is dangerous. Drinking and driving alter your perception of driving. (i) Driving under the influence is called "under the influence" for a reason. (i)
People's judgement skills are not 100% as is, not to mention while operating a vechile. Saving lives is not a waste of time nor money. (s) People losing thier loved ones to a drunk driver is not a good thing. (s) These people getting behind the wheel to drive are jeopardizing everyone on the road including themselves. (s) If the BAC was changed to 0.0 we would not have to worry about this at all. (ec) There would be less convications and more money to spent on things like crime and other related issues. (s)
The BAC should be changed to zero tolerance as it is the best and most practical thing to do to ultimatley save lives. (s)
Debate Round No. 3
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