In a bold announcement Tuesday afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended the DUI limit be reduced across the country.
It would go from 0.08% to 0.05%.
The National Transportation Safety Board said states should lower the limit from the current BAC to point. 0.05% to create safer driving on highways.
The announcement was made on the 25th anniversary of the horrible bus crash in Kentucky that killed 25 people when a drunk driver hit it.
NTSB says studies show the risk of a crash is half as much when the limit is reduced.
While the American Beverage Institute says more than 70 percent of drunk driving fatalities are caused by drivers with a point 0.15% BAC or higher.
Lt. Tim Williams from the Mishawaka Police Department says, “A person is impaired when they are 0.05, just that one drink of alcohol, that first sip can affect your brain. The first thing it is going to take away if your decision making process and the more your drink, the greater your chances of being involved in that crash.”
The NTSB admits getting this change made by law will be hard.
The last time a recommendation was made was in 1982. It wasn’t until 2004 that all of the states were on board.