NTSB recommends lowering blood alcohol level for drunken driving

The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower the blood alcohol level that constitutes drunken driving.

The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower the blood alcohol level that constitutes drunken driving. (5/14/13)

WOODBURY - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants states to lower the blood alcohol level that constitutes drunken driving.

The limit across the country is currently among the highest in the world at .08. The NTSB says it would like the level lowered to .05.

Federal accident investigators say more than 100 countries have a blood alcohol content standard of .05 or lower, with the U.S., Canada and Iraq among the few that remain at .08.

A video on the NTSB's website states that alcohol-impaired driving in the U.S. takes 10,000 lives per year and injures 173,000.

The American Beverage Institute called the NTSB's recommendation "ludicrous."

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