WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Bowser Advocates For Cutting Drunk Driving Standard In Half

Play associated audio
The current limit for drunk driving in D.C. is .08, but Muriel Bowser wants to drop it to .05.
The current limit for drunk driving in D.C. is .08, but Muriel Bowser wants to drop it to .05.

Muriel Bowser, D.C.'s Democratic nominee for mayor, wants to cut the legal limit for drunken driving nearly in half.

On Tuesday, Bowser introduced a bill that calls for the city to make a blood-alcohol concentration of .05 percent the legal threshold for drunken driving. The current limit is .08 percent in the District and all 50 states.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended nearly a year ago that states lower their limits, saying that amount of alcohol significantly increases the risk of an accident. More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 standard.

Bowser says “the District can lead on this issue," but the anti-drunk driving group Mothers Against Drunk Driving said last year that setting the standard lower won't be enough.

She defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in last month’s Democratic primary, and will likely face Council member David Catania (I-At Large) in November's general election.


'Tis The Season For Coming Attractions: What To Watch For At The Multiplex

NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of the likely blockbusters and Oscar contenders that Hollywood has in store for the end of the year.

Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash, many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.