Fort Lauderdale, FL- Drunken driving is dangerous; there’s just no disputing that fact when driving under the influence of alcohol contributes to a third of fatal accidents in the U.S. Sadly, there are too many drivers who think you have to very drunk to be dangerous, but studies show that buzzed driving is equally as dangerous.

Buzzed driving could be defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.01 and 0.07, which is just below the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida.

In a 2013 study, reported by Science Daily, researchers at the University of California- San Diego analyzed fatal crash data between the years of 1994 and 2011, focused on drivers who were minimally drunk or “buzzed.” They found that drivers with a blood alcohol content between 0.01 and 0.07 were 46 percent more likely to be blamed for an accident by investigators than sober drivers. Researchers also said the road tests have shown that buzzed drivers perform as poorly on field sobriety tests as drivers above the legal limit.

“We find no safe combination of drinking and driving — no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car,” UC San Diego sociologist David Phillips and lead researcher said.

Phillips said that DUI offenders who are considered just “buzzed” aren’t punished as harshly as drivers who meet or exceed the 0.08 legal limit. That is why the recommended that the legal limit be reduced in Florida and other states. The National Traffic Safety Board echoes Phillips suggestion, again renewing their push to have the legal limit nationwide lowered from 0.08 to 0.05.

This year, the NTSB again pushed for a decrease in the legal drinking limit in all states, but surprisingly, the nation’s biggest anti-DUI group, MADD does not endorse the proposal, according to News 4 Jax.

“MADD currently supports the national standard of .08 BAC while also continuing to strongly recommend that those who drink alcohol not drive,” MADD said in a statement to the TV station.

Lowering the legal limit would many more motorists are risk of being charged with a DUI just for having a glass of wine for dinner. That’s why the smart thing is to not drive if you’ve had anything to drink because you don’t have to exceed 0.08 to be charged with a DUI. If you appear to be intoxicated, even if your BAC was only 0.02, you can be charged with a DUI.

If you have been charged with drunken driving, USAttorneys recommend you contact a DUI lawyer in Florida no matter how low your BAC was at the time of your arrest. The ramifications of a DUI are far-reaching, so you need and aggressive DUI defense lawyer on your side. Legal help is your best bet to avoid a DUI conviction, so don’t delay, contact a DUI defense attorney today and get their advice on how to proceed with you case.