of losing $28 million in federal highway funds is helping to push
through a proposal in the Nevada Legislature to lower the state's
legal blood-alcohol limit.
by Assemblyman Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, lowers the standard for
drunken driving in the state from 0.10 percent blood alcohol content
to 0.08 percent.
approved the measure May 27 by a 33-9 vote. The bill now heads to
the Senate where it is expected to pass.
has an $82,000 cost to the state Department of Corrections included
with it over two years due to an expected increase in the number
of inmates sent to prison for driving under the influence, the Las
Vegas Review-Journal reported. The cost is based on one additional
inmate being sent to prison every four months for a three-year sentence.
pale, however, when compared to the penalties Nevada will incur
beginning next year from the federal government if the limit is
A 2000 federal
law requires each state's legislature to adopt the 0.08 limit by
2004 or lose 2 percent of its road money.
lose $28.4 million in federal money over the next four years if
it does not lower the limit, the newspaper reported.
adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.