NTSB recommends states lower blood alcohol threshold

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ntsbHOUSTON, TX – We can all agree, one drunk driving death is one too many. The reality is booze-related car wrecks kill about 10,000 people each year.

While the real solution lies within a decision by every driver, the National Transportation Safety Board has a suggestion for every state: lower the legal driving limit from .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05.

Houstonian James Keith agrees with the suggestion saying, “It’ll be safer for everybody. Lower the percentage down, people won’t get in so many wrecks.”

The NTSB can’t make or change any laws, but when they talk the government tends to listen. If states take the NTSB’s advice, it’ll be up to drivers to listen.

“I know a lot of people who have a higher tolerance to alcohol and it seems like there’d be a lot more unnecessary tickets goin’ out,” said Houstonian Mark Hargitai.

Leaning on the hope that law equals deterrent, the NTSB says lowering the limit would save between 500 and 800 lives a year.

Less people paying with their lives is something worth paying attention to.

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