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NTSB recommends lowering blood alcohol limit

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The NTSB has recommended that the blood alcohol content level required for a DUI be reduced from .08% to .05% The NTSB has recommended that the blood alcohol content level required for a DUI be reduced from .08% to .05%
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The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the blood alcohol content level required for a DUI be reduced from .08% to .05%. It would be up to individual states to adopt the policy since the NTSB can only make recommendations, not laws. 

A spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association said he does not believe state lawmakers would be on board.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, released a statement praising the recommendation.

The American Beverage Institute released a statement too, but they said that 70% of drunk driving fatalities are caused by drivers with at least a .15% BAC level and this recommendation is "ridiculous."

When the .08% recommendation came out in 1983, it took 21 years until all states implemented that law. Alabama  made the .08% level law in 1995. The NTSB says since that level has been made law, the number if DUI deaths has gone from nearly 21,000 to 10,000 deaths per year.

We did a little digging to find out just how much you could drink before hitting the .05% limit. We used a BAC calculator and plugged in the weight of an average woman, which is 165lbs according to the CDC. If she drank 3 glasses of wine in 1 hour, the calculator puts her at .066%, which would be over the limit if this recommendation was made law.

There are some additional factors that effect BAC levels, including genetic makeup, personal health, and recent food consumption.

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