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NTSB pushes to lower legal BAC level to .05

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Could an extra, casual drink at dinner land you behind bars?

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for all states to cut the legal blood alcohol level nearly in half.

The legal limit behind the wheel now is .08, but the NTSB says it should be .05

The reviews are mixed.

"I think it's a good decision, there definitely needs to be some stricter laws," said one person we asked.

"I feel the blood alcohol level is fine at .08. You're not too impaired to drive if you know your limit," said another.

Drunk-driving accidents kill nearly 10,000 people every year.

The NTSB says a lower level will cut down on those deaths.

"It might just up the number of DWIs and not necessarily cut down on the number of fatalities," said another.

Many people say they agree lowering the level will save lives, but many others say .05 is too strict.

There is no exact science to it, but studies show a woman under 120 pounds can reach .05 after one drink. For men up to 160 pounds, you can reach a .05 after two drinks.

"It will criminalize if you go out to a restaurant and you have one beer with your dinner," said another person we asked.

"Any safeguards against anyone on the road that might be too intoxicated would be a good thing," said another.

It will be up to individual states to decide if they want to change the level.

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