Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

Posted at: 05/14/2013 1:39 PM | Updated at: 05/14/2013 11:21 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com

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The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower this threshold for drunk driving from 0.08 to 0.05. The NTSB believes this would save more than 1,000 lives per year.

So how many drinks would it take to reach that limit? According to Stop DWI in New York, a man who weighs 170 pounds could reach it by having three alcoholic drinks within an hour. A woman, weighing 140 pounds, could reach it with just two drinks in an hour.

News10NBC spoke to a local attorney and residents about this idea.

Ed Fiandach said, “There have been studies done on this and most of the studies indicate that at 0.05, you are sober. Most individuals will not even understand they are under the influence of alcohol.You can't start criminalizing that sort of thing.”

Stephanie Woodward said, “I think it could serve as a deterrent because those extra three points could meant the choice between an extra drink or not and that may stop some people from having that next drink and that could save lives.”
   
The chairwoman of the NTSB says people need to change the mentality that alcohol related crashes are accidents. She says they are crimes.

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