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Federal push to lower DUI levels falls flat with states

- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2013

A federal attempt to lower driving-under-the-influence blood alcohol limits is falling flat in the states and even groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving are not advocating for it.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending the legal limit drop from .08 to .05. The justification: Drivers with .08 alcohol levels have twice the chance of getting in a wreck as drivers with .05 levels.

But MADD isn't endorsing — and neither is the Governors Highway Safety Association, The Hill reported.

"We don't see any state going to .05," said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director for the governor's safety group, in The Hill. "This doesn't seem to be getting any traction."

States would have to approve any laws to lower the limit.

And Indiana state Rep. Terri Austin said that doesn't look likely.

"I think legislators are going to want to have a pretty compelling case," he said, in The Hill.

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