Drunken-driving bill advances in Wisconsin

| 6/6/2003

A 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.

The 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.

A 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.

States that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.