DUI Limit Angers Alcohol Lobby

Source: Burgess Everett / Politico

Federal safety overseers want states to lower their threshold for drunken driving by nearly 40 percent, to the consternation of the food and beverage industry.

The call for reducing the blood-alcohol limit to 0.05 percent is the most eye-catching item among 10 nonbinding recommendations that the National Transportation Safety Board approved Tuesday, with the aim of reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads.

It’s been less than a decade since states adopted the current 0.08 percent limit, spurred partly by Congress’s threat to revoke some of their highway funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation should study whether it can similarly use highway money as leverage this time, the NTSB said.

The board also called for states to increase enforcement checkpoints and require drunken drivers’ cars to feature “ignition interlock” devices that would prevent them from starting unless the motorists could prove they’re not intoxicated.

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