Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents caused by drivers who are not legally over the driving limit, but who still have a good deal of alcohol in their systems. Due to the fact that 10,000 people are still dying every year in drunk driving accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board recently made the recommendation for the blood-alcohol concentration level to be reduced.
Currently, the driving limit in Iowa -- and the other 49 states -- is 0.08. Under the NTSB proposal, the driving limit would be reduced to 0.05 percent. This would fall more in-line with most of the rest of the industrialized world where the legal driving limit is lower. In turn, the board states these foreign countries with stricter standards also have fewer fatal accidents involving drunk drivers.