North Dakota Senate lowers drunken driving threshold

| 4/2/2003

Legislation that would lower North Dakota's legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving convictions from 0.10 percent to 0.08 is headed to the governor for final approval, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The bill also retains federal highway dollars.

HB1161 passed the Senate March 26 by a 39 to 7 vote. The House has already approved the bill.

The Peace Garden State is under a federal mandate to toughen its drunken driving penalties or face the loss of millions in highway funds, the newspaper reported. North Dakota could lose almost $3.2 million in highway aid this year unless it lowers the limit to 0.08 by October.