Texomans react to possible lower DUI standard

PARIS, TEXAS - In hopes of reducing alcohol related deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends lowering the blood alcohol level.

The NTSB advised today that all 50 states lower their .08 threshold to .05, in an effort to help eliminate drunk driving.

Alcohol related accidents account for almost a third of all road deaths.

Some Texoma residents have mixed reactions about the possibility of lowering the legal limit.

"You can't keep changing the laws and making people try to obey by changing the laws because it's an individual's responsibility." said Paris resident, Tima Deal.

"I have a lot of family members that have been hurt through alcohol and driving and I just think that there should be a lower point." said Paris resident, Abe Enns.

More than 100 countries have already adopted the .05 limit, its reported that lowering the rate would save between 500 to 800 lives annually.

The NTSB does not have the authority to enforce their recommendation, it is up to the states whether or not they heed their advice.

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