bill that would lower Wisconsin’s legal blood-alcohol concentration
limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent and avoid the loss of millions
of dollars in federal highway aid has passed the Assembly.
measure now heads back to the Senate for final approval. If approved
by the Senate and Gov. Jim Doyle, AB88 could help the state receive
about $93.3 million in federal highway funds during the next four
years, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money. Thirty-nine
other states have already adopted the lower threshold.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.