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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You may need to reconsider how much you can drink and still drive safely... and legally.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending states lower the allowable blood alcohol level for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05.

Nearly 10,000 people die every year from alcohol related driving crashes in the US and NTSB officials hope this new recommendation will help reduce that number.

All states have a blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent for drivers.

The new suggestion would drop that limit to 0.05, which makes it easier for drivers to be arrested for driving under the influence.

Dougherty County Police say they would make more DUI arrests if the limit is lowered.

Captain Tom Jackson says drivers should use better judgment regardless of the limit.

"Regardless of what the legal limit is for drinking and driving, you know when you've had too much to drink and that's when you don't need to drive. Unfortunately people don't heed those warnings and they take those chances. It's one thing to spend a night in jail, but it's also another to cost someone their family member," said Capt. Jackson.

NTSB suggests that if the Blood Alcohol Content standard is lowered, 500 to 800 lives could be saved every year.

The agency has no authority to change laws, but its backing of the lower limit could add pressure on states to lower the limit.

The NTSB also said penalties for first-time and repeat DUI offenders should be increased.

 

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