a federal mandate to toughen its drunken driving threshold or face
the loss of millions in highway funds, North Dakota has passed a
law lowering the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit from 0.10 percent
John Hoeven signed the legislation, HB1161, into law. The new limit
will go into effect Aug. 1.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money. If the
state had failed to lower the limit, it stood to lose $32 million
in federal road funds in the next four years, The Forum reported.