South Carolina House OKs drunken driving bill

| 3/28/2003

South Carolina is nearing passage of a bill that would lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving convictions from 0.10 percent to 0.08, The State newspaper reported.

H3231 passed the House of Representatives March 19 by a whopping 106-to-6 vote.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. JoAnne Gilham, R-Hilton Head Island, allows police to set up roadblocks to look for drunken drivers. It also makes it easier to prosecute DUI cases.

The Palmetto State is under a federal mandate to toughen its drunken driving penalties or lose millions in highway funds, according to the newspaper. South Carolina has already lost $1.8 million in incentives and could lose $60 million more unless it lowers the limit to 0.08.

The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.