NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee activities for 1970 included development of several reports concerning (1) the lowering of the blood alcohol presumptive level to 0.08%, (2) retraining and requalification of breath alcohol analysis technicians, (3) summarization of relevant information on the drugs and driving problem. The year also saw the beginning of a national public service advertising campaign sponsored by the Council aimed at getting the "drunk driver" off the road.
During 1971, the Committee took the position that "concentration of 80 milligrams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of whole blood (0.08 percent w/v) in any driver of a motor vehicle is indicative of impairment in his driving performance".
1989--A resolution on the use of 0.08 BAC alcohol concentration in drinking driving statutes that was in conformity with the Committee's 1971 0.08 BAC statement was approved.
In October 1997 the National Safety Council, Alcohol and
Other Drugs Committee revisited the 0.08 BAC issue and drafted a
position statement supporting the use of 0.08 BAC as a national
standard for impairment of motor vehicle operators. An ad-hoc
committee was appointed to develop a reference list of scientific
articles that would support such a position statement.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities, accounting for 44% of teen deaths in the U. S. The National Safety Council sees the issue as a national crisis. We have segmented the problem into three distinct areas, and have adopted strategies to address each of them:
* Reduce teen drivers' exposure to risk
* Modify risky driving behavior
* Develop driver skills and experience
Night driving facts
"Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council. Yet many of us are unaware of special hazards of night driving or don't know effective ways to deal with them.
"Ninety percent of a driver's reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown. http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Driving-at-Night.pdf