NTSB Recommends Lowering Legal DUI Standard

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Major changes could be in store for drinking and driving legislation in West Virginia.

Tuesday the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states lower the threshold for drunken driving to levels that have substantially reduced alcohol-related traffic deaths in other countries.

Currently the DUI legal limit in West Virginia is .08 .

The NTSB recommended lowering the limit to .05.

Many people along Capitol Street in Charleston were unhappy with the news.

"They're going to go out there and drink regardless," said Ethan Bias of Morgantown.

Officers from the Charleston Police however said impairment actually starts with the first drink, and lowering the limit would prevent more DUI-related accidents.

"A person who is at .05, their cognitive skills of operating a motor vehicle goes down as it goes to .08," said Corporal Brian Jones of the Charleston Police Department.

The last time the NTSB lowered the legal limit, it took 21 years for all 50 states to adopt it.

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