Should Wisconsin Lower Drunk Driving Limit?
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Ashwaubenon-- In 2003 Wisconsin dropped the legal limit from .1 to .08 but only after the federal government threatened to take away money from highway projects. It's now a decade later and the debate is back on. Tuesday afternoon the crowd at Stadium View says states can't simply rely on dropping the limit, to reduce the number of alcohol related traffic deaths.
WASHINGTON, D.C -- The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending lowering the drinking and driving alcohol limit to .05.
The current limit in Wisconsin and other states is .08 percent. NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman says it's time for bold changes to save lives. "Today we know that impairment starts with the first drink." Hersman said.
Reaction to the proposal was swift with Sarah Longwell at the American Beverage Institute saying, quote "This recommendation is ludicrous. Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior,"
The recommendation comes on the 25th anniversary of the deadliest alcohol related crash in American history.
In 1988, a drunk driver drove the wrong way on a highway in Carrollton, Kentuucky, hit, head-on, a church bus that burst into flames, Killing 27 people, 24 of whom were children.
The United States is among only a handful of countries that have the .08 drunk driving standard.
Most already have dropped to .05 with dramatic reductions in highway fatalities.
The Associated Press and NBC News Contributed to this story.