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NABR opposes law for 0.08% B.A.C..

The board of directors of the National Association of Beverage Retailers (NABR) passed a resolution opposing the passage of state or federal laws which change the definition of drunk driving by lowering prohibited blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.

Currently, only five of 50 states have a legal BAC limit as low as 0.08. The NABR resolution was passed at the group's quarterly board meeting in November, and takes into consideration the negative results for business, consumers and state and local law enforcement agencies such a reduction might have.

"After studying a number of reports and hard data, NABR stands in opposition to any legislation that we feel would do more harm than good," said John Burcham, Jr., executive director of NABR. "By lowering the BAC limit to .08 percent, we avoid creating solutions to the problems of alcohol misuse and abuse.

"As retailers, we abhor the abuse of the right to consume alcohol beverage products and our efforts must be focused on the root of the problem," Burcham continued. "To lower the BAC to .08 percent is to open the door to a future of lower and lower BAC levels to the point that the choices and rights of moderate and responsible consumers will be infringed upon."
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Title Annotation:blood alcohol content; National Association of Beverage Retailers
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Dec 21, 1992
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