(Washington, DC)  --  The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending states lower the blood alcohol limit for DUI cases.  The new threshold would be .05-percent.  All 50 states currently have a limit of 0.8.  The move would put the U.S. in line with European countries, Australia and most of South America.  The NTSB estimates it would save hundreds of lives every year.  

It would be only a recommendation, but the agency has been able to influence policy in the past.  The .08 standard was finally adopted across the board in 2004 in all 50 states.