Mark Sanford signed into law a bill that lowers the legal blood-alcohol
limit for drunken driving convictions in South Carolina from 0.10
percent to 0.08.
the Legislature had failed to pass the bill, the state stood to
lose about $63 million in federal highway aid during the next four
years, according to local media.
allows police to set up roadblocks to look for drunken drivers.
It also makes it easier to prosecute DUI cases.
a prosecutor was required to prove a driver was impaired even if
his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit, The State newspaper recently reported. The new law allows a jury to convict
someone of drunken driving exclusively on blood-alcohol levels.
It will go into effect Aug. 19.