New Blood-Alcohol Limit Proposed

Some mixed reaction as the federal justice minister considers lowering the blood alcohol limit for drivers.

Right now the limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, but Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is looking at possibly reducing that to 50 milligrams.

Speaking on AM800's the Lynn Martin Show, owner of Brews and Cues in Windsor Andre Mailloux admits the new limit would be another challenge.

He says in the last 20 to 25 years, people are doing a better job of planning ahead and having a designated driver or calling a cab if they are going out. Mailloux adds the new limit would definitely limit people to having only a drink or two depending on someone's size.

"As far as the operator's perspective, yes this is another challenge," says Mailloux. "It seems like every time you turn around there is onus being put on us as the operators to make sure that customers behave in a certain way."

Mailloux feels this would add even more pressure on bar and restaurant owners.

"I don't know what you have had before you walked through the door. I don't know what you have done after you have left here but while you are in my house I'm suppose to know everything as far as alcohol consumption," says Mailloux.

Chaouki Hamka with the local MADD chapter fully supports reducing the blood-alcohol limit.

"We fully support lowering the criminal code BAC limit to point zero five, we think it would be an effective way to significantly reducing impaired driving and resulting crashes, deaths and injuries in Canada," says Hamka.

The justice minister says the current rules are based on data that modern-day research suggests under estimates the risk of being involved in a car crash at the 80 milligram level.