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Bar owner reacts to legal alcohol limit recommendation

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A casual drink after work could lead to a DUI if a new recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board is passed. A proposal Billy Lee, owner of McDonough's, is against.

"It doesn't make sense," said Lee. "At one drink you can be at .05 depending on what bar you are in. I don't support that."

The NTSB says states should change the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05 to help reduce the number of alcohol related fatalities on the highways. 

"I think people are going to stay home and drink," said Lee. "No one wants a DUI. It will cost you thousands of dollars once you pay the court costs and the attorney's, and your insurance premiums will go up."

Garden City Police Chief David Lyons says the difference will be hard to detect. 

"It will be very difficult to utilize the standardized sobriety testing to get to the point where you can blow them on a breathalyzer," said Chief Lyons. "The majority of people will not demonstrate the same conditions of a sobriety test above a .05."

Lee says if the recommendation is passed it could put many bars and restaurants under. 

"They are going to destroy a big part of the economy, because people in the food business make a good bit of their money off of alcohol," said Lee.

There are some business's that may benefit, such as pedicab drivers. 

"I think transportation people will get more business," said Demetrias Jeter, pedicab driver.

Besides the economic impact, some business owners want to know how much will this cost taxpayers. 

"I don't think they have factored in the cost of new court rooms, police men to enforce this and more money for the jails," said Lee. 

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