Proposal to Lower the Legal Blood Alcohol Content Level for DUI

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- It may soon be easier to get a DUI. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending lowering the legal blood alcohol content level.

According to the NTSB, the goal is to prevent people from drunk driving.

Right now the legal BAC level is .08 percent, but the board wants to see it at .05 percent. That's a reduction by more than one-third. Some say you can reach a .05 level from just a couple drinks.

A WHSV reporter asked drivers here in the Valley about the proposal. One person said he supports the board's recommendation.

"You just think about the lives they would save, just by lowering it that much and less people would be out there drinking that know they're going to get tickets," said Carter Martin.

The board is also calling for a breathalyzer interlock on cars that could be installed for first-time offenders. This would prevent DUI offenders from starting their car without an alcohol test.
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