Muriel Bowser would cut legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers to .05

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic nominee for mayor in the nation's capital wants the city to cut the legal limit for drunken driving nearly in half.

D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser introduced a bill Tuesday that calls for the city to make a blood-alcohol concentration of .05 percent the legal threshold for drunken driving. The current limit is .08 percent in the District and all 50 states.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended nearly a year ago that states lower their limits, saying that amount of alcohol significantly increases the risk of an accident. More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 standard.

Bowser says "the district can lead on this issue."

She defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in last month's Democratic primary.