Pennsylvania House rejects DUI bill

| 8/11/2003

Pennsylvania House lawmakers rejected a Senate version of a bill that would lower the state’s blood-alcohol concentration limit for motorists from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.

Legislators voted down the bill Aug. 4 citing an outside analysis that concluded SB8 would not comply with federal mandates, NEPA News Online reported. House leaders have asked for a separate conference committee to review the measure.

The state risks losing $11 million in federal transportation funds unless lawmakers lower the state’s drunken driving limit to 0.08 percent by Oct. 1.

In a memo to state officials, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the latest version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Charles Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, would not comply with the federal mandate because it carries lighter penalties than the current 0.10 percent standard.