4 – Conclusions
We conclude from Maine’s experience that, when included in a State’s
arsenal of DWI countermeasures, a lower BAC law can be effective in reducing
fatal crashes in-volving convicted DWI offenders, and in reducing alcohol-related
fatal crashes involving convicted DWI offenders. We also conclude such a law
can be passed and implemented with essentially no negative effects on a State’s
DWI control system.
Driver licensing agencies in implementing States should include information on
a person’s driver license indicating the existence of any condition requiring
the person not to drive with any amount of alcohol in the blood. Also, driver-licensing
agencies in implementing States should modify their driver records systems to
include records of any violations of the State’s lower BAC law.
In implementing such a law, law enforcement agencies should train their officers
in the provisions of the law, to be alert for signs of any drinking among stopped
drivers, including those not visibly impaired, and to check for the existence
of a driver license condition prohibiting driving with any amount of alcohol
in the blood. In addition, the importance of attending administrative license
revocation hearings should be stressed in officer training.