Nevada lowers drunken-driving limit

| 6/13/2003

Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn has signed legislation lowering the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.

The governor’s signature secures millions in federal highway dollars for the state.

A 2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the lower drinking and driving limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its road money.

Nevada stood to lose $28.4 million in federal money over the next four years if it had not lowered the drunken driving limit, Las Vegas’ KVBC TV reported.

The new law goes into effect Sept. 23.