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Should the BAC limit be lowered?

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Somepeople say lowering the legal blood alcohol content level would make roadssafer and potentially save lives, but others say it's too restrictive.

Arecommendation is being made by the National Transportation Safety Board toreduce the legal threshold by 0.03 percent. The board says making this changewould save more than 500 lives per year, but getting this law to pass could betough.

"Forthe government to come in and say we want to lower this to 0.05 when there's noscientific evidence to establish that is an impaired driver, I think will be aproblem," said Jerome Phillips, a defense attorney.

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

"Mostdrivers that I see, and I think most cases, the level is a 0.10 or greater," hesaid.

Accordingto the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 42 fatal accidents in Lucas Countycaused by drunk driving between 2010 and 2012.

Ifa law was passed following the recommendation, the legal limit would be loweredfrom 0.08 percent to 0.05. Toledo residents have mixed opinions about thesuggestion.

"Loweringit would definitely reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes," said ShaunScott. "[It's] definitely going to make people conscious of drinking anddriving."

GwenShy, however, disagreed.

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

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