Oregon SB 7 – Provides that person commits offense of driving while under influence of intoxicants or offense of operating boat while under influence of intoxicants if person drives vehicle or boat and has 0.05 percent or more by weight of alcohol in person’s blood


Bill No.:
SB 7
Bill Location:
OregonSenate
Bill Title:

Provides that person commits offense of driving while under influence of intoxicants or offense of operating boat while under influence of intoxicants if person drives vehicle or boat and has 0.05 percent or more by weight of alcohol in person's blood

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NMA Recommendation:
Oppose

SB 7 was introduced on January 14, 2019 and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A hearing or vote date has not yet been established.

The bill would lower the existing legal limit for blood alcohol content from 0.08 to 0.05 when considering a driver impaired.

Many drivers do not exhibit impairment at 0.05 BAC that make them unsafe drivers, but that changes when levels reach 0.10 or higher.  Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been remarkably consistent throughout the years:  In 92.5 percent of fatal crashes where a driver had a perceptible blood alcohol reading, that driver registered a BAC of 0.10 or higher.  Alternatively, only 2.7 percent of fatal crashes involved a driver with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08. The NMA opposes lowering the BAC legal limit below 0.08.

 


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