bill to toughen Colorado’s drunken-driving threshold and preserve
nearly $50 million in federal highway dollars failed to gain full
approval before the Legislature adjourned earlier this month, the Denver Post reported.
passed the House 39-26 on May 2, but it was in the Senate Appropriations
Committee when the regular legislative session ended May 7.
the bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Briggs, R-Westminster, the standard
for drunken driving in the state would be cut from 0.10 percent
blood alcohol content 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.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.