((ashley))drunk drivers kill 10-thousand people every year... that's accodring statistics from the national transportation safety board.
And state police say 135 people died in arkansas in 20-14 alone.
((bob))and now the ntsb is calling on lawmakers across the country to adopt a proposal lowering the legal blood alcohol concentration level.
Tevin wooten has more doug norwood, dwi attorney// "the average drinker is going to have to quit drinking any amount and driving."
For d-w-i attorney doug norwood -- the ntsb's proposal to lower the legal blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 will mean big business..doug norwood, dwi attorney// "the lawyers will get rich off of this."
...but only as he defends drivers who he says may not actually be impaired.doug norwood, dwi attorney// "most people, if they just drink a few drinks, just two or three drinks, they're going to get to that .05 level."
The n-t-s-b's proposal comes after nearly 15 years of data suggesting one-third of highway deaths involved an alcohol- impaired driver.bella dinh-zarr, vice chairman of ntsb// "at .05, that's where we see a significant increase in crash risks."
13.44.05 "what we're really saying is people just need to have a plan."
.09 ntsb officials say the aaa foundation found that 63% of americans support lowering bac level to .05 when drinkers get to that .05 level, the d-w-i attorney of 23 years doesn't think most are actually impaired.doug norwood, dwi attorney// "they're not going to be able to detect these people because most people are not going to fail the field of sobriety test at .05."
And because portable breathalyzer results are inadmissible in court...there may not be a case.sgt.
Craig stout, fayetteville p.d.// "there is never really an exact science it's a more of a probability."
Sergeant craig stout with the fayetteville police department says the field of sobriety test only gives an estimate...much like figuring out how much is 'too' much.sgt.
Craig stout, fayetteville p.d.// "there is no magic formula there that is going to help anyone out."
Doug norwood, dwi attorney// "my advice to everybody always is to never drink and drive even if you've had any amount of alcohol."
### ((ashley))tevin wooten reporting.it's important to remember this is just a proposal and a set of recommendations.
The n-t-s-b says it would be up to each state to adopt it into law.razorback