RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - The same day survivors and family members of those lost in the worst drunk driving wreck in U.S. history are remembering the lives lost 25 years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board announced their recommendation to lower the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05.
Twenty-seven people, 24 children and three adults, died on May 14, 1988. The church group was traveling on a school bus from Kings Island in Ohio back home to Radcliff, Kentucky when they were hit head on by Larry Mahoney who had a blood alcohol level of .24. Mahoney was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Quenton Higgins, one of the crash survivors, said he thinks today's announcement by the NTSB is a good one.
"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 that one or two glasses of wine or something," explained Higgins. "The natural mind thinks okay that's not that bad, but anything that impairs your mind you have a chance of hurting someone out here."
Higgins was 15 when he boarded that school bus leaving Kings Island. He wasn't even a member of the church, but his friend invited him along.
Now a school bus driver in Hardin County, Higgins leads their bus safety training. He also said he carries a news article about the crash and anytime his kids acts up, he hands it to them to hold for just a few minutes so they can understand why he can be so strict.