The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is advocating lowering the legal limit for drunk driving from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content in all states. The NTSB claims a third of US traffic deaths are related to alcohol highway fatalities. At a recent hearing in Washington a NTSB spokesman said the US is too tolerant of impaired driving behind the wheel and US laws are too lenient compared to European countries. The NTSB’s plan is to criminalize social drinking. The NTSB intends to eliminate the right to have a beer with your steak dinner. If the NTSB gets its way pizza and beer at your local pizzeria will be illegal unless you cab it home. Thankfully, the NTSB does not have the authority to order the states or the federal government to change the laws. Even groups which traditionally support tougher DUI laws do not support the NTSB’s position. Mothers Against Drunk Driving does not plan to push states to lower the per se threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. The Governor Highway Safety Association is also against lowering the DUI limit. “This recommendation is ludicrous.” Said Jonathan Atkins, a spokesman for GHSA. Resistance to lowering the legal limit comes from the beverage and entertainment industry along with objections from citizens about excessive government intrusion into their private lives.