The author gives his perspective on the problem of blood alcohol limits as a means of deterrence which he held in 1973, and compares it with his perspective in 1984. He views the right part of his perspective as being the need to get moderate drinking drivers to accept such tough measures as random testing, passive detection, and administrative adjudication based on absolute blood or breath limits. The wrong part of his perspective was based on the belief that if you set a relatively liberal limit, such as 0.10%, then most of the moderate drinkers will realize that this does not mean them. He has found that a large number of social drinkers regard themselves as chronic offenders against the blood alcohol limit. He concludes that to get the moderate drinker on the side of accepting the enforcement of blood alcohol limits, a moderate blood alcohol limit is needed and the moderate drinker must be able to rest assured that he will get through the roadblock or checkpoint.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Full title of publication is Alcohol, Drugs and Driving: Abstracts and Reviews in Alcohol and Driving.
  • Corporate Authors:

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    California University, Center for Health Science
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Hurst, P M
  • Publication Date: 1985-6

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  • Accession Number: 00452029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 209
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM