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Lower Blood Alcohol Limit Could Impact County Jails

By Mark MESTER
Published On: May 15 2013 02:13:24 AM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2013 03:55:25 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The National Traffic Safety Board voted to recommend new rules for the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers.

Members said the legal limit should be lowered from .08 to .05.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said he supports any measure that would make roads and drivers safer, but implementing a new policy could come with problems.

Bosenko said one of the effects of a lowered blood alcohol limit is more arrests, which would crowd jails.

The Shasta County Jail is at maximum capacity because of AB109, which has moved low level criminal offenders from prisons to county jails.

Bosenko said, "It would be a concern, but you still have to look at the over-arching goal which would be to reduce fatalities."

We also caught up with Anne Berit-Condit, who is the Shasta County chapter leader for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD.

While the group prefers that no one get behind the wheel after having a drink, Condit said, "We welcome any effort to highlight the problem of drinking and driving."