NTSB Recommends Lowering Legal Limit to Reduce Drunken Driving Deaths

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths.

More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to a report by the board’s staff.

Maryland, Virginia and the District all have the legal limit set at .08 percent, though the rules are stricter for underage drivers.

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