NTSB wants legal limit for drunk driving lowered

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 14:37:14-05

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has come out with its most wanted list of transportation safety items for 2016.  One of the items that is getting a lot of attention is the NTSB's call to have the national blood alcohol level (BAC) for drunk driving lowered from .08 percent down to .05 percent.

Other items on the list include:

  • Promoting the availability of crash avoidance technology in highway vehicles and having that equipment installed as standard equipment
  • Completion of rail safety initiatives to prevent accidents including implementing Positive Train Control (PTC)
  • Strengthening occupant protection in all modes of transportation
  • Laws mandating enforcement of seatbelt use and age-appropriate child restraints
  • New attention to preventing distracted and fatigued driving.
  • Preventing inadvertent spins and stalls within the general aviation community.

The NTSB says all the items are a "road map from lessons learned to saved lives."

Tonight on 7 Eyewitness News, reporter Ed Reilly takes a closer look at the issue of reducing the legal limit on blood alcohol.




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