Legislative Recommendations of the Virginia Highway Safety Commission to the 1972 Virginia General Assembly

Report No: 71-R10

Published in 1971

About the report:

In 1970, alcohol contributed to the deaths of over 340 drivers on the Commonwealth of Virginia's roads and a total of 19,000 crashes. Until 1972, Virginia retained the 0.15% presumptive level of intoxication. Advantages of the 0.10% presumptive level included increased deterrence and greater concurrence with medical knowledge as to when a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle was significantly decreased. To increase identifiability of the drinking driver, the use of quantitative breath tests for evidence of intoxication was advocated.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Steven L. Micas

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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