Consider the 2000 federal law that pressured states to lower their BAC standards to 0.08 from 0.10.
At the time, the average BAC in alcohol-related fatal accidents was 0.17, and two-thirds of such accidents involved drivers with BACs of 0.14 or higher.
If our ultimate goals are to reduce driver impairment and maximize highway safety, we should be punishing reckless driving.
It shouldn't matter if it's caused by alcohol, sleep deprivation, prescription medication, text messaging, or road rage.
When local newspapers inquire about specific roadblocks after the fact, they inevitably find lots of citations for seat belt offenses, broken headlights, driving with an expired license, and other minor infractions.
But the checkpoints rarely catch seriously impaired drivers.
So police began setting up roadblocks to catch them.
But every cop manning a roadblock aimed at catching motorists violating the new law is a cop not on the highways looking for more seriously impaired motorists.
John Whitmire (D-Houston), chairman of the state Senate's Criminal Justice Committee, told the Acevedo's plan "might be one way to go," adding, "Some people shouldn't be driving after one drink—probably below the 0.08 limit—and this could address that."Bill Lewis, head of the Texas chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, agreed.
"I don't see how it would hurt," he told the paper.