Leading Central Ohio DUI Attorney Favors Move To Lower Drunk Driving Level

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Prominent criminal defense attorney and founder of The Koffel Law Firm, Bradley Koffel, believes reducing the blood-alcohol level will decrease the number of DUI fatalities.

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I do believe lowering the limit to 0.05% will go much further in reducing DUI fatalities and injuries than any law change to date.

Central Ohio’s premier criminal defense and DUI attorney Bradley Koffel supports the National Transportation and Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendation to reduce the legal DUI limit across the country. The current blood-alcohol level that qualifies as drunk driving is 0.08%. The NTSB released a report May 14th advocating the level be lowered to 0.05%. According to the report entitled Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving, the risk of a crash at 0.05% is about half as much as at the current level of 0.08%.

Koffel, who has practiced criminal and DUI law for 20 years and handles more than 500 DUI cases annually, favors the reduction.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the amount of alcohol that must be ingested to exceed the current 0.08% level is dangerously unsafe. The number of alcohol related fatalities each year is a testament to the risk. The public would be shocked to learn just how much our clients drank prior to getting charged with a DUI to hit the current level,” Koffel said.

The NTSB board can only make recommendations to the state and federal governments, which in turn make the laws and regulations regarding blood-alcohol levels. The Governors Highway Safety Association is one group that supports the current alcohol threshold. But while Koffel is in favor of the reduction, he does think it would present challenges for law enforcement officers to enforce.

“The legal hurdle I see is police are going to have to arrest motorists based upon no obvious signs of impairment. Most adults do not exhibit any noticeable signs of impairment at the lower level,” Koffel explained.

According to The American Beverage Institute, the average woman reaches 0.05% blood-alcohol content after just one drink. In addition, more than 100 countries set their drunken-driving levels at 0.05%. Koffel adamantly believes that setting a comparable level in Ohio and the U.S. would make a difference.

“I do believe lowering the limit to 0.05% will go much further in reducing DUI fatalities and injuries than any law change to date.”

The last recommendation from the NTSB regarding drunken driving limits was in 1982, when it recommended reducing the legal limit from 0.10% to 0.08%. All states followed suit by 2004. Approximately 10,000 people are killed each year in the U.S. in alcohol-related driving accidents.

About Bradley Koffel
Bradley P. Koffel, 45, is a Columbus criminal defense attorney who practices in most of the state courts in Ohio. He is listed in The Best Lawyers In America, which represents the top 1% of the lawyers in the country. Mr. Koffel has been named one of the best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Ohio by Ohio Super Lawyers®. And, he has received the highest rating for professional ability and integrity by the nationally respected Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. His peers have selected him on multiple occasions as one of the 50 best lawyers in Columbus in which there are over 7,000 practicing attorneys.

Mr. Koffel is skilled in all aspects of criminal defense, including pre-indictment investigations, arraignments, bail hearings, motion practice, plea bargain negotiations, jury trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals. He has handled thousands of cases over his career in courts all across Ohio.

About The Koffel Law Firm
Koffel Law Firm is one of the leading 100% privately-retained Criminal / DUI law firms in Ohio. With the highest possible rating by the nation's oldest attorney rating service, Martindale Hubbell, the firm enjoys an "AV" rating. The Koffel Law Firm is well-known and respected in Columbus for its criminal and DUI defense work and its lawyers regularly travel all across Ohio to handle cases ranging from underage drinking and DUI to embezzlement and aggravated vehicular homicide.

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