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Legal Limit Could See Possible .03 Drop

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A 0.03 drop has been recommended to decreasing the drunken driving threshold.

"At this point it's important to open the discussion. The National Transportation Safety Board is an investigative agency. At this point, there's nothing in statue or working through the legislative body. It's just their way of opening up the discussion," shared Brandon Benitz, transportation safety manager at the Nebraska Safety Center.

It is an attempt by the NTSB to reach towards zero alcohol-impaired deaths.

"We really commend the work of NTSB as they raise awareness to this 100 percent preventable crime, and we strongly recommend the safest course of action: not to drink and drive," stated Sara Draper, program specialist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

In 2012 in Nebraska alone, 90 fatalities involved alcohol. And roughly 10,000 lives are taken each year on U.S. highways. In the past, the resistance to dropping down to a 0.08 was strong, and authorities believe dropping to a 0.05 will not be any easier. However, they know the support is there.

"It's one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Anything we can do to educate, influence, empower, or legislate behavior is always the important first step," mentioned Benitz.

"I think we are all trying to say enough is enough. The work we have done is all of us coming together trying to bring attention to the fact that drinking and driving is a major part of our roadways," stated Draper.

To paint it all into a picture, a 0.05 level is one drink for a 120-pound woman, and two for a 160-pound man. The question you may have is what exactly is "one drink"? Well, four ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or one ounce of 80-proof alcohol. Of course, the drink of choice is your call, but the consequences are not.

"It's going to impact any driver on the road. It's going to impact anyone who is driving, and could become a victim in a bad situation. It's going to impact whoever chooses to mix alcohol with driving," stated Benitz.

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