State lawmakers consider lowering legal blood alcohol limit

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state legislature is considering lowering the legal blood alcohol limit in Washington.

Legislators held the first hearing on the bill Tuesday.

If the bill passes, the blood alcohol limit would be lowered from the current .08 to .05.

KIRO 7 talked to a bar owner who says he is for anything that discourages people from drinking and driving.

“I think it’s a good idea. If it could lead to one less traffic fatality in the state, I’m all for it,” said Tim Buckley of Buckley’s bar and restaurant in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Critics argue that lowering the legal limit to .05 would mean most people could consume just a single drink.

And Mothers Against Drunk Driving contend that sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlock laws would save more lives than a lower alcohol limit.