Appropriations Committee has killed a bill that would permit Colorado police
to pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt and to stiffen the state's
drunken driving standards for DUIs from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent blood
SB125, would have brought Colorado into compliance with a federal law and
prevented the state from losing millions in federal highway dollars. 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. Sen. Ken Arnold, R-Westminster,
the bill's sponsor, told The Denver Post the state could lose $4.9
million next year alone, and eventually stands to lose up to $50 million.
Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 Feb. 26 in favor of SB125. However, the Appropriations
Committee locked in a 5-5 tie April 11, which left the bill “postponed
indefinitely” and effectively dead, a spokeswoman for the committee told Land
H. Reddig, associate editor
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