NTSB wants stricter drunk driving laws

POSTED: 5:44 PM May 15 2013   UPDATED: 4:00 PM May 15 2013
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BRISTOL -

If the National Transportation Safety Board gets its way, the saying going out for drinks, might be more like going out for a drink. 

A new NTSB proposal urges states to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. 

"I think it would be beneficial for law enforcement, I've seen people at .05 level that I didn't to be driving," said Bristol, Virginia Police Captain Maynard Ratcliff. 

The NTSB recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold. 

The idea is part of a safety board initiative to eliminate drunk driving, which accounts for about a third of all road deaths. 

The NTSB says lowering the rate to 0.05 would save about 500 to 800 lives every year across the nation. 

But those who serve alcohol aren't so quick to agree. 

"People will adapt, but my first reaction is it will would target the responsible drinkers," says restaurant co-owner Justin Peters. 

He says he does not believe laws are necessarily the answer to stopping DUI offenders. 

"I think those being responsible will have a designated driver anyway those that are going to over will do it regardless." 

The NTSB says alcohol related crashes claim 10,000 lives in this country every year.