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?