Virginia Gov. Bob Wise might ask state lawmakers to take
another look at legislation to stiffen the state's drunken
driving standard and permit police to pull over drivers for
not wearing a seat belt, Beckley's Register-Herald reported.
House bill calling to reduce state's blood alcohol standards
for driving under the influence from 0.10 percent to 0.08
failed passage before the Legislature's regular session ended
March 8. Wise wants lawmakers to reconsider the bill in a
yet to be scheduled special session.
withered in the Senate amid complaints it was overburdened
with a primary offense seat-belt law and a ban on children
riding in the backs of pickup trucks.
blood alcohol section would bring West Virginia in line with
federal requirements and keep the state from losing $4 million
in federal highway funds, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported
2000 federal law requires each state's legislature to adopt
the 0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.