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NTSB recommends states lower drunk driving limit

May 15, 2013

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Washington – States should reduce the blood-alcohol concentration limit for drivers to 0.05 or lower, from the current limit of 0.08, to help decrease the rate of fatal alcohol-impaired crashes, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB included the recommendation in a report (.pdf file) released May 14 on reducing substance-impaired driving, which contributes to about one-third of all U.S. highway fatalities.

More than 100 countries currently have a BAC limit of 0.05, a rate at which a driver’s cognitive and visual functioning has declined to the point where the risk of crashing “significantly increases,” an NTSB press release states.

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