We are still discussing the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations regarding drunk driving. The one item on the NTSB's list that has gotten the most attention is lowering the legal limit -- the legal definition of intoxication -- from 0.08 percent blood alcohol content to 0.05 percent. While the NTSB says the measure will save lives, opponents say it will cost restaurants money, will take resources and attention away from more serious offenders, and will penalize responsible drinkers.
In essence, opponents are saying that the people who drink to a 0.05 percent BAC are not the problem. The people who drink to a 0.13 percent BAC and repeat offenders are. But for the NTSB, the goal is clear: No one should die in a drunk driving accident in New York City or anywhere else.