MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. -- In Mecklenburg County hundreds of drunk drivers are caught every year, some of them at checkpoints.
"You put a lot of work into it; you have to do these tests, put your life at risk on the side of the road," said Trooper Matthew Heon.
Nationally, drunk driving claims 10,000 lives a year; for that reason the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday afternoon that states lower the blood alcohol level from .08 to 05.
"Our goal is to get to zero deaths, because each alcohol impaired death is preventable; no one should ever have to experience that knock on the door," said NTSB Chairperson Debbie Hersman.
While a lower level might result in more arrests, Trooper Heon believes the real difference will occur at court.
"To us, they are still impaired but when they get to court, the court system looks at it .08 is the legal limit; anything under that they pretty much dismiss it," said the Trooper.
We talked to some casual drinkers in the University area who say the change, if it comes, would make them think more about their consumption.
"Does that mean I can have one glass or is that one glass too many? Is two glasses too many? It's an open question," said Lane Harrison, a UNCC Grad Student.
It took almost 20 years for all the states to adopt a .08 standard from .10