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In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Deborah Hersman speaks during a news conference in Washington. Federal accident investigators were weighing a recommendation Tuesday that states reduce their threshold for drunken driving from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05, a standard that has been shown to substantially reduce highway deaths in other countries. Hersman said. “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will.”

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Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half — from .08 blood alcohol level to .05—matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday.

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