Government panel suggests lowering BAC to .05

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More than 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities happen each year in the U.S.

That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Now the government wants to lower the amount of alcohol a person can drink and safely drive even more.

Austin Evans bartends at Mister Bills Bar and Grill in Quincy. He says he's seen his fair share of responsible drinkers along with those who are not so responsible.

"We have a couple people that get a little bit too far gone but then we'll just have someone take them home," said Evans.

A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report recommends lowering the Blood Alcohol Content limit in every state to .05 to reduce crashes. Here's a closer look at what that would mean.

Joe is 5'7'' and weighs 210 pounds. With the current law, Joe can have three beers in under an hour and still drive home. If the limit is lowered, Joe can only have two beers to be able to drive.

KHQA spoke with several people at Mister Bills Bar and Grill. They didn't want to discuss the issue on camera but told me they oppose the new proposal.

J.T. Dozier chairs the Quinsippi Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter. He supports lowering the limit.

"If you were flying in an airplane, what level of impairment would you want the pilot to have? If you were having surgery, what level of impairment would you want the surgeon to have," asked Dozier.

Even if the BAC limit is lowered, Evans thinks alcohol consumption will remain the same.

"I think that people will take the same precautions and people who don't care for the precautions are probably just going to do what they were doing anyway," Evans stated.

As of right now, Utah is the only state to have lowered its BAC from .08 to .05.

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