bill in the Delaware General Assembly lowers the state’s legal blood-alcohol
limit for drivers and retains valuable federal highway dollars in
Blue Hen State defines the standard for drunken driving as 0.10
percent blood alcohol content. Under HB37, sponsored by Rep. William
A. Oberle, R-Beecher’s Lot, the standard would be cut to 0.08.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.
the state doesn’t lower its standard to 0.08 by October, it stands
to lose $1.6 million in federal highway funds, the Delaware State
News reported recently. The penalty goes up in future years.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.