AUSTIN (KXAN) - A new law that would lower the threshold for DWI would not be be the cure-all for drunken driving, a spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Tuesday.
"It encourages people to drink less before they drive, and the best way is to not to drink anything before they drive," said Bill Lewis of MADD. "It just makes the point that if you drink anything you're going to be somewhat impaired."
Lewis was reacting to the proposal from the National Transportation Safety Board to lower blood-alcohol content limit from .08 to .05.
Tim Cronin of JT Sports Grill said the proposal is too onerous.
"Now you're down to like one drink every two hours as opposed to one drink an hour," Cronin said. "If they do that. What would that do to your business? It would kill you cause now the person isn't going to stay basically cutting your business in half."
Personal Injury attorney Len Gabbey said anything to lower the legal limit would also reduce fatalities.
"Buzzed driving is not acceptable driving," Gabbey said. "People don't know whether they're point 02, point 05, point 08, point 15, they don't know."
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.