Colorado Senate committee gave the go-ahead Feb. 26 to legislation
that would prevent the state from losing about $60 million in federal
highway dollars, according to local media.
Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 in favor of a measure to permit
police to pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt and to stiffen
the state’s drunken driving standards for DUIs from 0.10 percent
to 0.08 percent blood alcohol content.
current law, officers can issue seat-belt citations only if they
stop drivers for another traffic violation.
new authority, police can pull over drivers if they see anyone in
the front seat not wearing seat belts.
blood alcohol section would bring Colorado in line with federal
requirements and keep the state from losing $60 million in federal
highway funds by 2008, The Durango Herald reported.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.
bill, SB125, sponsored by Sen. Ken Arnold, R-Westminster, now heads
to the Senate Appropriations Committee.