Lewis W. Diuguid

Cash registers will feel pain from lower DUI limits

Updated: 2013-05-16T00:43:55Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Federal efforts to lower the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol will seriously impair the happy hours that a lot of bars and restaurants use to attract customers after work.

Anyone who has ever been arrested for driving under the influence won’t risk having a drink or two out if the legal limit falls from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The cost in dollars, losing one’s license and the inconvenience of bumming rides and going to DUI classes is just too high — not to mention auto insurance costs going through the roof.

However, pulling people off the road who have had too much to drink will make driving safer for everyone. Bar and restaurant owners will eat the tab.

But overall, motorists and pedestrians will be better off.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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