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Should the BAC limit be lowered?

(Toledo News Now) -

Some people say lowering the legal blood alcohol content level would make roads safer and potentially save lives, but others say it's too restrictive.

A recommendation is being made by the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the legal threshold by 0.03 percent. The board says making this change would save more than 500 lives per year, but getting this law to pass could be tough.

"For the government to come in and say we want to lower this to 0.05 when there's no scientific evidence to establish that is an impaired driver, I think will be a problem," said Jerome Phillips, a defense attorney.

Phillips says most DUI cases he sees aren't even in that low range.

"Most drivers that I see, and I think most cases, the level is a 0.10 or greater," he said.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 42 fatal accidents in Lucas County caused by drunk driving between 2010 and 2012.

If a law was passed following the recommendation, the legal limit would be lowered from 0.08 percent to 0.05. Toledo residents have mixed opinions about the suggestion.

"Lowering it would definitely reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes," said Shaun Scott. "[It's] definitely going to make people conscious of drinking and driving."

Gwen Shy, however, disagreed.

"I don't think it's going to affect it, because if people want to drink, they're going to drink, anyway," she said.

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