|Published:||May 14, 2013 10:39 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 14, 2013 10:48 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Today, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the blood alcohol level to be considered drunk.
"The fact that we are still seeing impaired drivers coming through our check point and out on the roadway is a big problem," said Sgt. Dennis Petracca with LCSO.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says drinking and driving continues to be a problem on our roads.
Nearly 10,000 people die each year in alcohol related crashes according to the NTSB.
Now the NTSB is recommending all states lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to a .05, but many say that is too strict.
"That would mean one alcoholic beverage whether it's a beer or a drink," said customer Christine Myers.
Show show a woman weighing less than 120 pounds can reach .05 after having one drink and a man weighing up to 160 pounds after two drinks.
"I think it could it could hinder people purchasing one more drink with us," said Los Cabos manager Austin Gilchrist.
Gilchrist says that could hinder their bottom line.
"That one drink over time, I mean, one drink a day that would cost us a little money," he said.
Local defense attorney, Scott Moorey, says if the limit is lowered, the number of arrests would rise dramatically.
"Law enforcement is going to be empowered now to make those arrests. knowing that the limit is much less than before," said Moorey.
But LCSO says something needs to happen top save lives.
"Any type of decrease in impairment level is going to create people to drink less and therefore we would see a reduction in lives being lost on the roadway," said Petracca
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