WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - 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.