NTSB Wants to Drop Drunk-Driving Limit to .05%
Regulator thinks legal blood alcohol content should be 0.05%
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
If the NTSB gets its way, you'll have to be even more careful about drinking before you get behind the wheel.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – How much can you legally drink before getting in a car? The National Transportation Safety Board thinks the answer right now is "too much," so this morning it voted to lower its recommended legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers from 0.08% to 0.05%, ABC News reports. Most industrialized nations already adhere to the 0.05% standard, one NTSB member says, adding, "We are behind the world." The board is also recommending more stringent penalties for first-time drunk drivers and better police technology, like alcohol-sniffing flashlights.

Individual states will actually have to enact the recommendation, which might take some doing; it took more than 20 years to drop the limit from 0.15% to 0.08%, with the last state conceding in 2004. The change would mean that a 180-pound man could only have two or three drinks in an hour instead of four, by CNN's calculations. The NTSB says that would save 500 to 800 lives a year. But the American Beverage Institute called the proposed change "ludicrous," saying it would "criminalize perfectly responsible behavior."

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Cmenthead
May 15, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
I don't drink, but .... NTSB........."saving another 5-800 lives a year " ? ONE member says, adding, "We are behind the world" ??? What are the qualifications of these faceless bureacratic,all-knowing "members of the NTSB" ? The NTSB has five Board Members, each nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve 5-year terms. Why not just ban drinking and driving ? ....Or better yet, why not just ban driving ?
fractal
May 14, 2013 11:13 PM CDT
There are a lot of people who are in denial about the effects of alcohol on their system. Some people can handle more than others---it is true. But, we have to make a decision based on possible lives saved. Its not like anyone NEEDS to drive with 4 drinks in their system. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1295824/So-REALLY-drink-drive-We-test-range-motorists--surprising-results.html
Exador
May 14, 2013 6:37 PM CDT
This is idiotic. It shouldn't even be 0.08%. Now watch the Feds withhold Transportation money from the states unless they submit. (aka extortion) Meanwhile, if you're changing the radio, or talking on your phone, or yelling at your kids or spilling your coffee, and plow into a family, well, shucks, accidents happen.