BOISE -- Federal safety officials want to lower the standard for drunk driving.
Officials with the Idaho State Police say it could be an effective change, but not one that would come easily in Idaho.
The National Transportation Safety Board voted Tuesday, recommending states to lower the blood-alcohol content from a .08 to a .05.
Alcohol impaired crashes are not accidents, they are crimes, said NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman.
Drunk driving accidents in the U.S. claim nearly 10,000 lives a year.
The chance to hurt a family member or to ruin someone's life is worth maybe examining and looking at lowering the BAC level, said Idaho State Police Sgt. Sam Ketchum.
However, Ketchum says it won't be an easy change.
This is not something that's going to happen overnight, I guarantee it, said Ketchum. There would be a lot of education involved, the jails, the court system prosecutors, judges, all of that. It would be a huge burden.
Besides all that, the NTSB will also have to win over Idaho's Legislative leaders.
I know 15-20 years ago, when they lowered the BAC level to .08, there were a lot of states that kind of have that right to hold onto that BAC. Idaho was one of the last ones to actually change to a .08, said Ketchum.
Already, more than 100 countries use .05 as the legal limit for drunk driving.
The U.S. is among a handful of countries that have .08 as the legal limit.
Buzzed or blitz, it doesn't matter what you call it.. If you're drinking, don't drive, said Hersman.
Tuesday's recommendation comes on the 25th anniversary of the deadliest alcohol related crash in American history.
Back in 1988, a drunk driver was driving the wrong way on a Carrollton, Kentucky highway, when it hit head-on, into a church school bus that then burst into flames, killing 27 people, 24 of whom were children, and injuring 34.