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Do stricter drunk driving laws result in more drunk driving fatalities?

Radley Balko notes that, as the legal blood-alcohol limit has decreased, drivers with BAC levels above .10 account for 77% of drunk driving fatalities, but only 33% of arrests. Balko suggests that the diversion of enforcement resources to go after social drinkers has had the perverse effect of increasing drunk driving fatalities, which are going up for the first time in years.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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