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The National Transportation Safety Board has one goal in mind.

They have strongly recommended to states to make a change involving the blood alcohol level.

They are pushing to change the standard BAC level from .08 to .05.

Some find this a problem, while others say it's needed.

In 1998, the legal limit was .1 and In July of 2002, it was changed to .08.

But in 2013, it has the potential to drop even lower, to .05.

While some businesses might find this alarming, Trevor Kutz, assistant manager for McNally's Pub, isn't worried.

"I don't think it will change business just because we have a good eye a good cliental base," said Kutz.

He says even if this proposed law goes into effect, he believes McNally's will be about to counteract. He is confident liquor sales will still be strong.

"I think that's where they will be able to see it the easiest if it is affected, but I dont think it will affect any cash flow. I think we will be just fine," said Kutz.  

"I think people need to realize it's not a lot. For me it's probably half of a beer," said Sioux Falls resident, Gabrielle Spangler.

Along with Kutz, others find the recommendations needed. 

More than 100 other countries have adapted the .05 alcohol content level or lower.

While some welcome the change, others feel differently. 


"My feeling is I would just assume leave it where it is right now and would implement something else that would limit the ability to drive whether it modifies ignition switches or sentencing guidelines. I would leave the limit where it is at the moment," said Sioux Falls resident, Mark Youngberg. 


The United States is among only a handful other countries to have a .08 drunk driving standard.

Keep in mind the National Transportation Safety Board makes only recommendations to state and the federal governments and cannot make laws.


It will be up to Government Officials to decide whether to adopt the recommendation.


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