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NTSB Suggests Lower Legal BAC Limit on Kentucky Bus Crash Anniversary

Posted on Jun 09, 2013

The same day survivors and family members remembered their loved ones who lost their lives in the worst drunk driving crash in this nation’s history was also the same day that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended lowering the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 nationwide.

May 14, 2013, was the 25th anniversary of the worst drunk driving wreck in U.S. history, and family members and survivors joined together to remember those lives that were lost in the Carroll County bus accident. Sadly, 27 people, including 24 children and three adults, died on this day in 1988.

While on Interstate 71 between Louisville and Cincinnati, a church group was traveling on a school bus back to Radcliff, Kentucky, when a drunk driver hit the bus head-on. Upon impact, the bus caught on fire. Twenty-seven victims died, and 40 survived. Larry Mahoney, the driver with a blood alcohol level of .24, was held responsible for these deaths and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

The Kentucky crash survivors support NTSB recommendations on lowering the legal limit for drunken driving and making tougher laws against drunk driving. Quenton Higgins, just 15 at the time of the crash, thinks the NTSB announcement is a good one. He said, “I think we should be at zero tolerance to be truthful, but I think it’s awesome. The lower it is the more people will think before they take that drink.”

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has estimated that 7,082 deaths would have been prevented in 2010 if drivers had a BAC lower than .08 percent.

Our Northern Kentucky accident attorneys at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson continue to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved ones in this drunk driving crash, and we also support the new recommendations by the NTSB for lowering the legal limit for drunken driving.

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