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Should the BAL for DWI 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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samantha0331

Pro

On July 1, 2003, NYS stated that no one would be able to operate a vehicle with a BAL of 0.08% or more. I think this should be changed to 0.0%. (ri) No one should be able to have any bit of alcohol in their system and then get behind the wheel of a car. (s) In NYS more than 20% of highway deaths involve the use of alcohol o impairment from drugs. (s)

Other countries such as Armenia, Hungary and Romania all have BAC levels of 0.0%. (ri) By having it be 0.0% it would decrease the amount of DWI's and people being in jail due to drinking and driving. (s) The roads would also be a safer place if this law were to be put into effect. (c)
squeekietoy

Con

The legal limit for alcohol consumption being 0.08% causes individuals to have problems with depth perception, peripheral vision, and reasoning. (e) While experiencing these symptoms, an individual would be wise to not get behind the wheel of a car. (i) At lower BAC levels, an individual could have no outward symptoms of intoxication other than talkativeness, lowered inhibitions, and relaxation. (e) For the person who has had one drink and then leaves to go out on the road one hour later, they will more than likely show no signs of intoxication. (i) Not everyone with higher BAC levels experience the same problems and symptoms. (q)
Lowering the BAC to 0.0% might not be a great idea because there are certain prescription medications that people take that could cause erratic behavior and make an officer stop and think that a person may be intoxicated. (c/e) There was an instance in 2008, where an Arizona woman was arrested for DWI. Her blood test came back as 0.0%. Officer claims woman had bloodshot eyes, flushed face, and he smelled alcohol on her breath. Woman was not intoxicated, did not even have a drop to drink, she was the designated driver. (i)
Debate Round No. 1
samantha0331

Pro

(k) Not everyone would know not to get behind the wheel of a car when they are drunk. I will say that there are many people out there that are very responsible when it comes to going out and having drinks. On the other hand I know of many people who will openly consider themselves "good drunk drivers". This in fact is not okay.

How can it be that one person can have one drink and be okay to drive, while another person may have the same drink and not be okay to drive? (e) There is no way to tell who would be okay and who wouldn't be okay. (s) There is no way to see how hard alcohol can hit some people. (s)
Your blood alcohol content depends on how much you drink, how much you weigh and how much time passes in between drinks (q). There should be harsher punishments for people who drink and then get behind the wheel of a car. By having the BAL be 0.0% and applying these harsher consequences, it will allow people to see that drinking and driving is not allowed. (c)
squeekietoy

Con

(K)The way that an individual burns off alcohol depends on their weight, their gender, and how many drinks they have had in a specific time period. (q) Why should a male, who is 200lbs, and last had a drink over an hour ago, not be able to get behind the wheel and drive? (e) Most people over the legal age limit, know their limits when it comes to having a drink and getting behind the wheel. (i)

The BAC should be 0.0% for people under the age of 21, because they shouldn't even be drinking legally in the first place. (i) But for the rest of the general population, why shouldn't someone be able to go out, have a drink with their friends, and be able to drive home one to two hours later? (q) Their BAC would more than likely be over 0.0%, but all of their reasoning and physical attributes should be perfectly normal. (i)

There are zero-tolerance countries that use scare tactics to keep people off the road, like immediate revokation of license, hefty fines, car seizure, etc. (q) While the US does not keep to strict ideals like that, why can't they implement these ideas without lowering the BAC? (i) I'm sure it would get people to think twice before drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel.
Debate Round No. 2
samantha0331

Pro

K- I don't believe that anyone no matter their age, weight or gender should be able to get behind the wheel and drive home. I just do not think it is safe for anyone on the road.(i)

Many people will argue that they can "hold their alcohol", but there is simply no way to be able to determine this. (e) When drinking alcohol, people do and say things they might not normally say when they are sober, this resulting in people believing that they are okay to drive when it reality they are not okay to drive. (ri) The idea isn't safe. It puts the lives of others in great danger as well as your own. (e) The roads would be a much safer place if there was a law enforcing a no tolerance when it comes to alcohol being in your system while operating a vehicle. (c)
squeekietoy

Con

(K)Actually, some statistics show that there are actually more alcohol related traffic deaths since 1996. The BAC in NYS was lowered from 0.15 to 0.08 in 2003. (s) How could something like this be explained?

Having a zero-tolerance policy in the US would not only prevent people who are perfectly fine from getting on the road, but, it would also affect the business of restaurants and bars tremendously. (c/e) Would you be more willing to go out and have a drink or two with friends if you knew that you couldn't even get behind the wheel of your own car? (p) Businesses would suffer tremendously, which would then be further contributing to the decline of the economy. (e)
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