threat of losing $28 million in federal highway funds could help
a Nevada lawmaker’s proposal to lower the state’s legal blood-alcohol
limit to 0.08 percent pass the state Legislature, the Las Vegas
introduced by Assemblyman Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, lowers the
standard for drunken driving in the state from 0.10 percent blood
alcohol content to 0.08.
bill has an $82,000 cost to the state Department of Corrections
included with it over two years due to an expected increase in the
number of inmates sent to prison for driving under the influence,
the newspaper reported. The cost is based on one additional inmate
being sent to prison every four months for a three-year sentence.
costs pale, however, when compared with the penalties Nevada would
incur beginning next year from the federal government if the limit
is not lowered.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its road money.
would lose $28.4 million in federal money by 2006 if it does not
lower the limit, the Review-Journal reported.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.