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Recommended Change in BAC

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Drunk driving accidents claim 10,000 lives a year in the U.S. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, those numbers would change drastically if all 50 states lowered the blood alcohol level that constitutes drunk driving.

NTSB is recommending a change from 0.08 to 0.05. Many countries in Europe and Australia lowered their limits and have seen a dramatic reduction in highway fatalities. The move would make it easier to prove someone was driving under the influence. In Montana, nearly 50% of all deaths on Montana roads are alcohol or drug related.

"We know that we're dealing with people that are impaired all the time and that's a difficult case to prove sometimes when you don't have the blood alcohol at .08 or higher. So, that would lower the threshold, give us a little bit more leverage on prosecuting those cases," said Billings Police Chief Rich St. John.

NTSB believes if all 50 states make this change to 0.05, nearly 1,000 lives will be saved a year.

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