The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB for short, has made a recommendation that states should lower down the blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers. The recommendation is that it go from being 0.08% to that of 0.05%. The NTSB does indeed have a very strong and influential voice in the drunk driving debate. However, they have no real authority whatsoever, when it comes to imposing this recommendation in reality.
The lessening of this blood-alcohol concentration level to that of 0.05 would be the one that does currently match the standard that is used in over 100 countries around the world. It is the standard that is now in effect.
What this much tougher standard does translate to is this. A woman who weighs 120 pounds can have only one alcoholic beverage in an hour. She cannot have two drinks. The very same can be said about a man, when applying this very same standard, if the man is 160 pounds in weight. He is able to consume two drinks in an hour. He cannot have three drinks. If she or he should drink more than what is mentioned here, and get caught doing it by law enforcement, they will both require a DWI attorney.
In order to be accurate here, one drink is defined as being this, and that is either 4 ounces of wine, 1 ounce of 80 proof alcohol, or 12 ounces of beer.
Why was the recommendation for these much stricter standards on alcohol content made? The answer is very clear. It was due to the rapid increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths that went up to a whopping 10,000 in 2012. This major increase came along only after 6 years of declining rates in these kind of deaths.