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NTSB recommends new, lower BAC limit

MGN Online / Daniel Lane
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 5:04pm

The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to make big changes, to greatly reduce the number of lives lost in drunk driving crashes. NTSB staff announced its proposals Tuesday, on the 25th anniversary of the deadliest alcohol related crash in American history.

On this day in 1988, a drunk driver drove the wrong way on a highway in Kentucky, hit a school bus and killed 24 children and three adults.

The NTSB said if all 50 states changed the blood alcohol limit to .05, 1,000 lives could be saved each year. The board also suggested installing ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. 

"No one should ever have to experience that knock on the door and receive the notification that far too many families have received. alcohol-impaired crashes are not accidents, they are crimes," said NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman.

Hersman said the last time the blood alcohol level limits were reduced from .10 to the current .08, it took 21 years for all states to implement the change.

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