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Iowa Gov. Branstad reviewing stricter drunk driving laws

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MONTROSE, Ia. (WGEM) -

One person dies every hour in the United States in a drunk driving related accident, and now Iowa might put stricter laws in place to help lower the number of deaths.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he's going to carefully review an NTSB recommendation to lower the blood alcohol standard from .08 to .05.

Branstad says the state's BAC used to be .13 and they've decreased it over the years. He says it's reduced drunk driving in the state.

The NTSB calls drunk driving a national "epidemic" and says an even lower standard would decrease more alcohol related fatalities.

Sheriff's officials say lowering the BAC level would help lessen the risk for disaster.

"We would hope that no one wants to drive with any alcohol intake simply because one person's tolerance to alcohol is different then another. That being said I think .08 is a nationwide standard, but then again Iowa has been the leader in many legislative activities," said Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl.

Last year more than 17,000 people were charged with drunk driving. No action has been taken on the issue at this point.

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