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01/09/2006

Switzerland - Lower BAC laws save lives

The number of traffic deaths in Switzerland is continuing to fall. Traffic deaths were down 17 percent from a year ago. 153 people were killed on Swiss roads the first six months of 2006, according to the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU). Serious injuries fell by 15 percent to 2060.

In 2005, Switzerland lowered their legal blood-alcohol content to .05 from .08. In the first six months of 2005, the number of traffic fatalities decreased by 20 percent, reports Austrian newspaper Der Standard.

Most countries in Europe have a legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.5 mg/ml or lower, while UK, Ireland and Luxembourg have set the legal BAC to 0.8 mg/ml.