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May 16, 2013

County reacts to NTSB blood alcohol suggestion for every state in union

CHICKASHA — The possibility of lowering the blood alcohol legal limit from .08 to .05 was met with mixed reactions from the citizens of Grady County.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended all states make the change earlier this week.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said he did not think lowering the limit would really act as a deterrent factor.

"I understand it, and I am sure there are some sound numbers behind it, but whether or not it will work at a deterrent I am highly suspect of," Adamson said.

 If someone is going to have a couple of drinks and get behind the wheel, the difference between .05 and .08 won't make much of a difference in regards to whether a person would choose not to drive, said Adamson.

"I have not seen any information that would suggest someone is clinically and physically impaired at .05, but I am not saying it's not out there," he said.

Respondents to a questions on The Express-Star's Facebook regarding the possible change varied in their opinions.

"Lower works, less chance of getting hurt or killed by a complete incompetent driver who is too self - centered to be licensed to drive, " Cathy Rodgers wrote.

J.J. Francis echoed Rodgers comments, and said he trusts the NTSB.

"NTSB is the agency in charge of investigating transportation accidents and they are saying that .05 is not safe, I think I will take their word for it. But last time I checked our drinking laws are not sufficient. We need a law that states after two DUIs you are forbidden from driving or owning a motor vehicle - driving is a privilege not a right and if you have proven that you can't hold up your end with a minimal level of responsibility then you shouldn't be driving," he said.

The responses were not all favorable though, with some seeing the possible change as being too far reaching.

"Hell, if they did that gargling with mouthwash will put you over the limit," Gerald Jervis said.

Lisa Hart found the possible change as a way for police agencies to draw more money from the public.

"That would surely allow them to give out lots more DUI's; lots more money in the system," she said.


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