yes but I was hostile towards DUI law before that....in the Berry/Thom thread I said that the .08 limit is already not justified based upon science and thus is barely tolerable
And you were wrong in that thread, and your understanding, and knowledge, of the impairing effects of alcohol on the human central nervous system--and directly on driving abilities--hasn't improved since then.
Bringing the U.S. legal BAC level down to .05 will put this country more in line with the legal limits for driving elsewhere in the world. Limits in other countries were lowered some time ago because there is more than adequate scientific data to confirm significant impairment in faculties and abilities, that directly affect driving, and accident avoidance ability, at a .08 BAC level.
the next phase of depriving us of pleasure and freedom must be put down with vigor...
The government isn't trying to stop you, or anyone else, from binge drinking, or from getting as drunk as a skunk every day of the week, if that's your idea of "pleasure and freedom". You just have no "right" to get behind the wheel when you are in an impaired state, due to your alcohol consumption, because that makes you a potential danger to everyone else on the road.
This isn't about an anti-drinking crusade, it's about responsible driving--and that's the point you miss entirely. You've bitched before, in another thread, about the fact that distracted driving is being made illegal because that's another alleged infringement on your
"pleasure and freedom" when you're behind the wheel. You simply view your own selfish needs as more important than responsible driving when the two conflict.
You may not care about your own safety when behind the wheel, and you may be unconcerned about the safety of others as well, but don't disingenuously pretend there isn't substantial scientific data to confirm significant impairment in driving abilities, and accident avoidance ability, at a BAC of .08--impairments which would contribute to a higher rate of automobile accidents and deaths. I posted a good deal of that data in the Drunk Driving/Thom thread, and I'm not going to re-post it here because you couldn't process or understand it the first time around.
Why not try to lower the number of alcohol-related automobile accidents and deaths as much as possible? And try to lower the number of auto accidents due to drugs, and distracted driving as well. What's wrong with promoting responsible driving, and penalizing irresponsible drivers, who pose a danger to others, because they get behind the wheel drunk/impaired, or because they are so busy talking or texting on cell phones they aren't fully attending to the road? What's wrong with trying to reduce all automobile accidents and deaths as much as possible? That's why we have speed limits, and traffic signals and signs, and try to build and own safer cars--to promote safety on the road.
Perhaps we need the government to intervene, and to set the boundaries for responsible driving, because too many individuals, like you, can't be trusted to set responsible boundaries for themselves. If your own safety isn't a main concern for you, when operating a potentially lethal piece of machinery, like an automobile, and you can't understand, or care about, the issue of public safety involved, you really disqualify yourself from being a meaningful contributor to a rational, informed discussion of this issue.