Feds Seeks To Lower Legal Blood Alcohol Level

Source: David Shepardson / The Detroit News

Washington — The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower the legal limit on drunken driving from the current .08 to .05 or lower — a move that could save hundreds of lives annually, but could cause a big change in Americans behavior.

The board voted 5-0 Tuesday after nearly two hours of discussion on a series of measures designed to lower drunken driving deaths.

“It’s going to happen. We don’t know how long it will take, but it will happen,” said Robert Molloy, a report development division chief at NTSB.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt acknowledged that the recommendation will be unpopular. “It’s going to take political will and action,” said Sumwalt, who said it is up to state legislatures to address the issue.

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