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Are You a Law Breaker? You Might Be!

by Kristen Flowers


Restaurants are worried about how a stricter proposed drinking-and-driving law could affect their bottom line.  

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to make it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content level above 0.05, which for some people could mean a single glass of wine or beer. 


Businesses are concerned that the potential new law would deter diners from drinking at all- and spending less- or discourage people from going out in the first place.  For restaurants, booze can make up as much as 40% of revenue, so it’s no surprise the food and hospitality industry isn’t on  board with the new guidelines.  

While the NTSB hopes to decrease alcohol-related traffic fatalities by changing the law, critics say lowering the legal limit won’t make a difference.   

Do you think they should lower the legal limit for drinking and driving?  Would it discourage you from drinking at all when you go out for a meal, or from going out entirely?  Do you think it’s safe to drive after just one drink?