Brewers: Proposal to lower alcohol driving limit would ‘punish’ responsible drinker


State lawmakers are considering legislation to lower the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit for drinking.

The proposal would lower the limit from .08 to .05. State lawmakers pitching the proposal argue that this will save thousands of lives but opponents worry it will criminalize people who are driving safely on the road.

“Really what that law is doing is punishing people for responsible drinking,” argues Paul Leone, New York State Brewers Association executive director. “A 120-pound female has a glass of wine at dinner, she’s going to be .05 and she is going to go to jail and be a felon for having one glass of wine.”

This isn’t the first time the bill has been introduced in New York state. Other states are also considering changes to blood-alcohol limits.

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