LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The National Transportation Safety Board wants each state to lower the Blood Alcohol Limit for drivers to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes. But there are mixed feelings about the recommendation to change the law from .08 to .05.
"I don't think it's going to be effective because most drunk drivers I think are well above the .08 threshold that exists now," Lafayette resident Jonathan Hollar said.
"I don't know that lowering the percentage would help a whole lot," resident David Light said. "I'm not really against it. More drunk drivers off the road is great."
"We can't tell you exactly how many drinks," Drive Sober Greater Lafayette president Dan Towery said. "It's how many you consume per hour. Are you consuming food with it? All of these are factors that make it a little bit fuzzy. The question is are you capable of operating a motor vehicle."
Towery knows firsthand the dangers of drunken driving. His daughter and her boyfriend were killed by a drunken driver in 1999. Towery said in principle it sounds like a good idea, but it may not be practical. He said instead of just focusing on the BAC limit there are other ways to address the problem of drunken driving.
"Requirements that ignition interlock be part of any OWI should remain the focus as well as some of the advanced technology that currently is being worked on that would prevent a car from starting if someone was over .08," Towery said.
"I think public awareness of buzzed driving rather than drunk driving is more important than changing the blood alcohol level. I think it's going to save more lives," Hollar said.
Towery said he has not had a chance to discuss the possible change with Drive Sober members, but he said he supports the efforts to reduce drunken driving.
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