NYC Presses State To Lower DUI Limit By Nearly Half

Gothamist reports:

New York City’s top transportation official on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to pass a bill lowering the state’s DWI limit to .05, saying the state has historically been too slow to act on drunken driving laws.

Ydanis Rodriguez, commissioner of the city Department of Transportation, reiterated Mayor Eric Adams’ support of the measure during a news conference at the state Capitol, which was held by the bill’s sponsors and attended by victims of drunken driving and their family members.

Currently, a driver can be charged with DWI in New York state if they’re operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .08. Anyone who registers a .05 through .07 can be charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a lesser charge that carries a license suspension of at least 90 days.

Read the full article. Lawmakers in Washington state this week are also considering lowering the limit to .05.