bill 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 governor.
which previously passed the House and Senate, 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 or her 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
Carolina and other states are under a federal mandate to toughen
their drunken driving laws 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.
Mark Sanford is expected to sign the bill into law; if he does,
it would go into effect this summer.