Colorado lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would reduce
the state's blood-alcohol content for drunken driving to
preserve millions in federal highway dollars.
introduced recently by Rep. Bob Briggs, R-Westminster, would
lower the state's drunken driving threshold from 0.10 percent
told The Durango Herald he introduced the measure
because he's expecting a similar bill in the Senate to be
introduced by Sen. Ken Arnold, R-Westminster, would lower
the level to 0.08 and make failure to wear a seat belt a
told the newspaper those initiatives are needed to prevent
the federal government from denying the state millions in
Colorado, that means a total of $50 million through 2007
if it fails to pass a 0.08 law and $1 million a year if it
doesn't pass stricter seat-belt enforcement.