that would lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving
convictions in South Carolina from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent
is headed to the Senate floor.
allows police to set up roadblocks to look for drunken drivers.
It also makes it easier to prosecute DUI cases.
current law, a prosecutor must prove a driver is impaired even if
his blood-alcohol level is above the legal limit, The State newspaper reported. The new law would allow a jury to convict someone
of drunken driving exclusively on blood-alcohol levels.
Carolina is under a federal mandate to toughen its drunken driving
penalties or risk losing millions of dollars in highway funds. The
state has already lost $1.8 million in incentives and could lose
$60 million more unless it lowers the limit to 0.08.