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Legal implications of lowering the limit

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This week at a meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all 50 states lower the threshold to reduce the nation's drunk driving death toll, which has leveled off at about 10,000 deaths a year.

A vote on the recommendation is expected to take place at 11:30 a.m. This would be awesome for attorneys but bad for the public. Lowering the level to .05 could ensnare hundreds of individuals.

Statistically, the driver who causes the most damage and is the most dangerous are the ones who have a .16 or more alcohol concentration.

Stats: from the MNDPS

-In the last five years, 651 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

-Drunk driving deaths account for one-third of the state's total deaths annually.

-Each year, nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI. 53 percent of DWI offenders are ages 21-34 and 73 percent of DWI offenders are male.

-One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

-Extra DWI patrols will be on the roads throughout the warm-weather months – nearly half of drunk driving deaths occur May-August.

Defense attorney Joe Tamburino speaks to FOX 9 News about what lowering the legal limit would mean for drivers and law enforcers in Minnesota. Watch the video for more information.

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