PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The National Transportation Safety Board has agreed to recommend on Tuesday the states lower their blood-alcohol content while investigating a drunk driving incident. The current BAC is set at .08 percent, they suggest the level be set at .05 percent. The last change from .10 to .08 took the country 21 years for all the states to implement.
The NTSB has estimated that if all the states were to make this change, 1,000 lives could be saved each year. And the risk of having an accident with the lower level decreases from 100 percent to 39 percent. This recommendation stirred up criticism from many restaurant trade groups.
“No matter the level, I’ll always be safe, I’m not better than you, I’ve just learned my lesson,” said Marty Griffin. “If we can save 1,000 lives, 1,000 fathers, 1,000 mothers, than we shouldn’t fight this.”