the threat of forfeiting $125 million in federal road construction
dollars, Wisconsin lawmakers are reviewing a proposal to lower
the state’s legal blood-alcohol concentration limit from 0.10
percent to 0.08 percent.
AB88, introduced by Rep. John H. Ainsworth, R-Shawano, the standard
for drunken driving in the state would be cut to 0.08 percent.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.
would lose $125 million in federal money by 2008 if it does not
lower the limit, according to The Daily Reporter. States
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.
bill passed the Assembly Transportation Committee earlier this
month by an 8-4 vote. It is now in the Assembly Rules Committee.