Rhode Island among states targeting drunken driving, highway dollars

| Thursday, March 06, 2003

With the threat of losing millions in federal transportation funds, Rhode Island is among a handful of states seeking legislation to lower the state’s blood-alcohol concentration limit from 0.10 to 0.08, according to local media.

Rhode Island is one of only about a dozen states yet to conform to national pressure to approve the lower limit. The Ocean State has so far resisted a 2-year-old federal law requiring all states to adopt the 0.08 standard by October or risk losing millions in highway money.

H5452, introduced by Rep. Peter T. Ginaitt, D-Warwick, won unanimous approval of the House Judiciary Committee March. 4.

Rhode Island stands to lose more than $17 million in federal road construction funds, The Providence Journal reported.

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

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