NTSB recommends states lower blood-alcohol limit to 0.05

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The National Transportation Safety Board today recommended that states lower the threshold for drunken driving from the current 0.08 blood-alcohol level to 0.05.

The board also recommended that states require DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed as a condition for regaining their driving privileges. The devices require the driver to provide breath samples before the vehicle can be operated.

The board said those and other recommendations were needed to continue making progress toward reducing and eventually eliminating alcohol-related fatalities on the roads.

The board voted 5-0 for the recommendations, which are not binding on the states.

A blood-alcohol level of 0.05 would be attained by a 180-pound male who consumes three drinks within an hour.

A 130-pound woman would reach the 0.05 threshold with two drinks consumed within one hour.

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Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1868 and on Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published May 14, 2013 12:00 AM


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