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Tri-States voice opinion on lowering legal drinking limit

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How closely do you watch what you drink if you're out on the town?  You could soon be forced to cut back even more.   The National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the national drinking limit from .08 to .05.  

 

 

 

According to a blood alcohol calculator by the University of Oklahoma, someone who weighs 180 pounds would be able to drink four beers in an hour and would be under the current legal limit, but if the new limit is adopted, you'd be down to no more than three beers in an hour.  While the amount is different for everyone, there's mixed opinions on what should happen.

As Shawn Perrine enjoys a beer and time with his family at O'Griffs, he said he would be in favor of lowering the legal drinking limit.
 
"By lowering the limit, it may send a signal and maybe people will be more self conscious about what they do," Perrine said. 
  
But why .05? According to the National Transportation Safety Board, that's the limit for more than 100 countries, and it's cut down on traffic fatalities.  Quincy Police Deputy Chief Curt Kelty said if that's the case, he'd be in favor of the recommendation.

"Obviously changes like this may have a great benefit and might adjust the behavior of consciousness drivers, and it could decrease the risk of people who are borderline DUI," he said. 
 
But he's unsure how much this would affect people who already ignore the current legal limit.
 
"On the other hand, a lot of our DUI arrests are of people who have a much greater BAC than .08," Kelty said.  
 
Lindsey Flowers said she's not in favor of lowering the limit because that would be too harsh on social drinkers who want to enjoy a couple of beers. 
 
"Or for me, if I would want to go enjoy a drink, if it was .05, I would be blowing way over the limit. So enjoying a beer after work with a meal would be out of the question so I'm definitely against it," Flowers said. 

Getting every state to lower its legal DUI standards won't be easy.  It took 21 years for all states to adopt the current standard.  The NTSB believes up to 800 lives could be saved each year if .05 became the new law. 

 

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