Montana among states pursuing highway dollars, drunken driving standard

| 3/19/2003

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

Montana is one of only about a dozen states yet to conform to national pressure to approve the lower limit. The Treasure 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.

SB13, sponsored by state Sen. Dale Mahlum, R-Missoula, blew through the Senate recently on a 49-1 vote.

The state stands to lose about $115 million in federal road construction funds by 2012 if it doesn’t lower the limit, the Billings Gazette reported.

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.