Wisconsin bill targets drunken driving, highway dollars

| 3/4/2003

The threat of forfeiting $125 million in federal road-construction funds could help a Wisconsin lawmaker’s proposal to lower the state’s blood-alcohol limit pass the state Legislature, according to local media.

A 2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the 0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.

A state Transportation Department study estimates Wisconsin would lose $125 million in federal money by 2008 if it does not lower the limit, according to The Daily Reporter.

States that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.