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.
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.
sponsored by state Sen. Dale Mahlum, R-Missoula, blew through the
Senate recently on a 49-1 vote.
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.
bill now heads to the full House for consideration.