The national media has devoted a great deal of attention to new recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board that could lower the legal drinking limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The recommendations were issued on a historically significant date, designed to recognize the dangers of drunk driving. On May 14, 1988, a wrong-way drunk driver in Kentucky caused one of the nation's worst-ever accidents when he struck a school bus. Twenty-four children were killed in that accident, along with three adults.
NTSB spokespeople report alarming statistics about drunk driving in this nation. A whopping 31 percent of American highway fatalities are caused by drunk driving, amounting to roughly 10,000 deaths each year. Even though we may think we have made great strides in fighting drunk driving, it remains a nationwide epidemic, according to researchers.