LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - A federal proposal gets unveiled Tuesday that could mean stiffer restrictions when it comes to drinking and driving.
The report included a number of measures to curb drinking and driving, but among them is lowering the legal blood alcohol content level from .08 to .05. with the goal of reducing fatal car crashes.
"It's definitely a daily thing [when] we pull over someone who has been drinking and driving," said Lt. Cody Burk with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
It's become part of the routine for Pulaski County deputies dealing with drunk drivers, and Lt. Cody Burk believes a proposal unveiled Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board to stop this behavior won't stop the real trouble makers.
"The hardcore drinker--the one that is violating the .08 law right now--they would continue probably what they are doing," Lt. Burk said.
The NTSB argues that this lowers the risk of a crash by half the current limit.
"You know one of the primary causes of accidents is drinking and driving, and that's a big concern of ours," Lt. Burk said.
The American Beverage Institute reports that reaching a .05 percent blood alcohol content would come with 2.5 drinks for a man at 200 pounds and 1.5 drinks for woman at 140 pounds. The Institute, which opposes the proposal, said one drink equals a 12-ounce beer, 1.25 ounces of liquor or five ounces of wine.
"Deterrents don't work, responsibility and education does," said David Dobbs of Little Rock.
"It wouldn't deter people who drink and drive. People who drink and drive are always going to drink and drive," said Doug Tyler of Jacksonville.
Folks THV 11 talked to at a Little Rock bar Tuesday were not feeling this proposal will work. Ultimately, Arkansas lawmakers will make the call. They will make this call because the NTSB can only give recommendations for states to act on.
THV 11 also spoke with a representative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Arkansas. A spokeswoman said the group is happy with this proposal but said it will require a full package of moves to truly stop drunk driving.