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Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON (AP) — States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half_from .08 blood alcohol level to 0.05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a U.S. safety board recommends. That’s about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 lbs., two for a 160 lb. man.

More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to a report by the board’s staff. In Europe, the share of traffic deaths attributable to drunken driving was reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard was dropped, the report said.

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