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Proposed change to BAC levels create mixed reactions in Mid-South

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The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend Tuesday that states lower the blood alcohol limit. The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend Tuesday that states lower the blood alcohol limit.
People in the Mid-South are having mixed reactions to the recommendation that would lower the BAC by .03. People in the Mid-South are having mixed reactions to the recommendation that would lower the BAC by .03.
On average, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving accidents. On average, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving accidents.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Federal safety officials want to lower the legal limit for blood alcohol levels. It could mean more DUI arrests, and more lives saved.

Under current laws a woman who weighs 150 pounds can drink three drinks before they reach the legal limit. That is how she would reach a .08 BAC.

The recommendation would lower that to just one drink, which is quite the change for social drinkers.

The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend Tuesday that states lower the blood alcohol limit.

People in the Mid-South are having mixed reactions to the recommendation that would lower the BAC by .03.

"I don't know how many people really know when they drink a glass of wine whether it's .08 or .05. But .05 of sounds awfully closer to having a casual drink for dinner and getting in a car and driving home. It will probably discourage a lot people from doing that which might not be a bad idea anyway," said resident Alan Harkave.

On average, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving accidents.

The recommendation is designed to reduce that number which is something that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is not necessarily in support of.

The group prefers people to not drink and drive at all. They say the recommendation is not part of their campaign, but they are grateful that NTSB is trying to reduce drunk driving, too.

Right now, many European countries already embrace tougher laws that lower legal BAC level. But those countries have strong public transportation.

Another perspective – for a man who weigh 180 pounds, he can have up to four drinks under the legal limit. Under new recommendations, a man that size could only have two drinks to legally drive.

The NTSB does not have any authority to pass laws.

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