In the state of South Dakota, you're legally to intoxicated to drive with a .08 blood alcohol content. But in 1968 the legal limit was a little bit higher.
In this Flashback, we'll see what the recommendations were then and how KELOLAND Reporter Bart Kull did during his sobriety test:
The old saying, if you're going to drive, don't drink may have been good advice but the facts are people do drive and drink.
According to the present South Dakota law, if your blood contains 15, 100s of a percent of alcohol you are legally driving while intoxicated.
The safety division for the South Dakota motor patrol believes that this is too high of a percent. That it should be lowered to ten, 100s of a percent.
This would bring the percentage into harmony with the national vehicle code.
Legislation is pending to do just this. The bill is in the House Transportation Committee of which Representative Frank Mackenzie of Winner is Chairman. He is one of the participants of a test being conducted by the Highway Safety Division.
It is a rather sobering fact in 1968 there were 290 drivers involved in fatal accidents. One-third were reported as had been drinking.
Meanwhile, the motor patrol feels it is necessary to take steps to protect the motoring public to the drinking driver.
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