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Lower Blood Alcohol Limit

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that states lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .05. Right now North Carolina's limit is .08.

Each year, nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured. The N.T.S.B. hopes states will consider their recommendation to increase public safety.

If the legal limit is dropped to .05, blood alcohol charts show a woman weighing 120 pounds would be just under the legal limit after one drink. After three drinks, a man weighing 180 pounds would be just over .05. The N.T.S.B. research says says that at .05, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and visual functions.

The American Beverage Institute says the move could backfire on the restaurant industry. Some local bartenders back that argument to an certain extent.

Some businesses in Asheville are advocating for the change. Yellow Taxi Cab says they believes if the legal limit is dropped, people may think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

It took 21 years for each state to implement the last move by the N.T.S.B., which was .10 to .08.

Click here for the BAC alcohol calculator.

By Megan Schiering
Follow Megan on Twitter @mschieringWLOS


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