Rhode Island among states targeting drunken driving, highway dollars

| 3/28/2003

With the threat of losing millions in federal transportation funds, Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island is one of only about 15 states yet to conform to national pressure to approve the lower limit. The Ocean 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 federal highway dollars.

H5452, introduced by Rep. Peter T. Ginaitt, D-Warwick, passed the House March 13. It is in the Senate Judiciary Committee.