Voas, R. B.
; Tippetts, A.Scott
; Taylor, Eileen P.
; Kelley Baker, Tara; and Lacey, John
Report Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2002)This study validates once again that a national standard of .08 BAC for drunk driving would save lives and prevent injuries. The study found that the new .08 BAC law in Illinois, effective in July 1997, was associated with a 13.7 percent decline in the number of drinking drivers involved in fatal crashes. The reduction included drivers at both high and low BAC levels. The study also found no significant change in the number of alcohol-positive drivers involved in fatal crashes in the five neighboring states with .10 BAC laws during this time, and there was no negative impact on law enforcement, prosecution, or the courts following enactment of the .08 law.