Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board made a variety of recommendations concerning drunk driving prevention here in the United States. While some of these recommendations were not altogether surprising -- i.e., mandatory ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders -- there was at least one that caused quite a stir among vehicle safety advocates, trade groups and the legal community in general.
Specifically, the NTSB recommended that all 50 states lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .05, a drop of more than a third from the current legal limit of .08. The rationale of the board members was that a .05 limit would put the U.S. in line with the rest of the industrialized world (which takes a decidedly tougher stance toward driving under the influence), and greatly reduce the number of drunk driving fatalities, which currently average close to 10,000 a year.
"There are at least 10,000 reasons to tackle this issue," said board chair Deborah A. P. Hersman.