NTSB Proposing Lower BAC Limits

Breathalyzer KIMT News 3

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KIMT News 3 – Candy Ockerman has owned The Candy Bar for 20 years.

And while it can be tough to monitor how much people drink, she says for the most part, folks seem to be responsible at her bar.

“As of lately, it hasn’t been that bad. I feel most of the people who over indulge are doing it at home,” said Ockerman.

Ockerman says if the changes to the blood alcohol content are made, business could take a big hit.

“I think it’s a bad thing. You’re taking away the social drinker and you’re creating alcoholics at home,” said Ockerman.

But some feel the change could bring positive results.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jacalyn Sticha, says this kind of discussion about drinking and driving is a step in the right direction.

“We’re finding out through research that even one alcoholic beverage is more impairing than we believed,” said Sticha.

But no matter what the law is, it’s quite the process if you’re taken-in by law enforcement for drinking, then getting behind the wheel.

And with this proposal, NTSB is hoping to see numbers reduce in people being arrested.

“We’re going to reduce fatalities. We’re going to sever even more the idea of alcohol or drugs with out mobility or vehicles while we’re driving,” said Sticha.

But for Ockerman, she says, each person must be responsible for their own actions.

“If they get picked up after having two or three drinks I don’t think they’re really all that impaired. But they risk losing their job, therefore they don’t do it,” said Ockerman.

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