Taracks Gomez & Rickman Supports Stronger Enforcement, Not a Lowered BAC

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Tampa DUI Attorneys at the firm Taracks Gomez & Rickman responded to the recent NTSB recommendations to change DUI laws. The firm believes stronger enforcement is the answer, not lowering the BAC level.

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Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it would be recommending changes to DUI law as part of its “Reaching Zero” campaign to eliminate alcohol-impaired driving. One of the most notable recommendations the NTSB made was lowering the legal intoxication limit from .08 percent to .05 percent BAC. Taracks Gomez & Rickman, a criminal defense and DUI law firm, does not believe lowering the drunk driving level will decrease the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

According to Tampa DUI Attorney Barry Taracks of Taracks Gomez & Rickman, “They [law enforcement] need to do a better job of enforcing the laws we currently have. We do not need any stricter laws because it is not the .08 people causing all the problems.”

Barry Taracks is a former state prosecutor. He is certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000, the machine used for DUI breath testing, and has handled more than 5,500 cases in his career.

“It's statistically the higher blood alcohol defendants causing the majority of the traffic crashes,” Taracks said. “Education and enforcement go hand in hand in solving this issue.”

Statistically, drunk drivers caused about 31 percent of fatal highway accidents, leading to nearly 10,000 deaths per year. In a CNN report, these are the statistics that the NTSB used to demonstrate the need for reform. The NTSB is not a legislative body, it cannot change laws, but it can make recommendations to state and federal governments.

“I think .05 is going to come. How long it takes to get there, we don’t know. But it will happen,” stated one NTSB representative in the CNN report.

The NTSB’s announcement came on the anniversary of one of the deadliest drunk driving accidents in the nation’s history. May 14, 1988 was the date that a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on a Kentucky interstate hit a school bus full of children, 24 of whom were killed.
While these accidents are tragic, Taracks Gomez & Rickman believes that stronger enforcement of current DUI laws is the answer, not lowering the blood alcohol content level.

About Taracks Gomez & Rickman

The attorneys of Taracks Gomez & Rickman have over 40 years of collective legal experience. This Tampa law firm practices criminal and DUI defense at the state and federal level. The lawyers at this firm are all former prosecutors, which gives them a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. To learn more about the firm, call or visit their website.

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