Reporter Gets Drunk To Test Proposed BAC Limit

Under new limit drunk driving would be at .05 BAC

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended the drunk-driving limit be lowered from .08 to .05. Blood Alcohol Content. To test the new limit, News 10 reporter Suzanne Phan got a little tipsy for journalism.

At 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds, she is smaller than the average American, and after pounding two beers in 20 minutes, law enforcement put Phan to the test to see if she was sober enough to drive.

Phan does terribly with a BAC of just .076. Although she's under the current limit of .08, she crashed her simulated car within a minute-and-a-half of getting in the driver's seat. She then completely failed the field sobriety test, losing her balance and miscalculating 12 seconds as 30 seconds. This reporter could have gotten a D.U.I even while under the limit because of her impairment.

"It goes back to those individuals and drivers and members of the community," Officer Adrian Quintero told News 10. "They need to understand if you consume one beer or so, it's going to affect anybody's ability to operate a vehicle safely."

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