Lowering the Limit

The definition of drunk driving may be changed.

The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend that states lower the blood alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving to .05.

Right now all 50 states consider anyone with a BAC of .08 legally drunk.

The NTSB hopes lowering the limit will lower the amount of traffic accidents related to alcohol.

Restaurant groups have already come out against the new recommendation.

“If the limit is lowered people might not come out to the bars and have fun,” says Donny Greco, manager at Potter’s Place.

We asked police whether a lower limit would make field sobriety tests harder.

“Lowering this limit to .05 will really require a new way of us testing,” says Commander Ken Parcel. “Current testing is designed for the higher level. So even if this goes through it will enhance our own training and require us to be a little more fine in our review and estimation of intoxication.”

The last time the blood alcohol content was lowered from .1 to .08 it took 21 years for all 50 states to pass the new measure.

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