Island is nearing passage of a tougher drunken-driving standard
that would make it a crime to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.08
unanimously passed the House of Representatives March 13. Within
the hour, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an identical bill
– S249 – which faces almost certain passage when it reaches the
floor, The Providence Journal reported.
Donald Carcieri is expected to sign the proposal into law; it would
take effect immediately.
state is under a federal mandate to toughen its penalties or face
the loss of more than $17 million in highway funds, according to
House bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.