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Drunk Driving Laws Not Likely To Change In Indiana

Federal officials are recommending that states reduce the amount of alcohol people can drink and still get behind the wheel. 

The National Traffic Safety Board voted Tuesday for a series of recommendations, including that states lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving to 0.05 percent. Currently, the legal blood-alcohol level for driving is 0.08 percent in Indiana and most states.

Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, was the one who fought for 11 years in the Indiana General Assembly to bring the blood-alcohol level down from 0.10 percent to 0.08. 

That change was finally approved in 2001. 

Wyss told the Indianapolis Business Journal that he’s doubtful the General Assembly would consider reducing the level again. 

Wyss said that he showed his colleagues data more than a decade ago that proves about 98 percent of people are impaired at 0.05.  At least 100 other countries have a blood-alcohol limit of 0.05 percent.