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.
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
introduced by Rep. Peter T. Ginaitt, D-Warwick, won unanimous approval
of the House Judiciary Committee March. 4.
Island stands to lose more than $17 million in federal road construction
funds, The Providence Journal reported.
bill now heads to the full House for consideration.