bill in Delaware General Assembly to lowers the state's legal
blood-alcohol limit for drivers was withdrawn April 3 and
is dead for the year.
HB37, sponsored by Rep. William A. Oberle, R-Beecher's Lot,
the state's current standard for drunken drivers, 0.10 percent
blood alcohol content, would have been cut to 0.08. A 2000
federal law requires each state's legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.
the state doesn't lower its BAC to 0.08 by October, it stands
to lose $1.6 million in federal highway funds, the Delaware
State News reported recently. The penalty escalates in
future years. States that adopt the new limit by 2007 can
recover the withheld funds.