a deadline approaching and millions in federal highway dollars slipping
away, Massachusetts lawmakers reached a compromise June 30 on a
tougher drunken-driving law.
new statute, which takes effect immediately, makes a 0.08 percent
blood alcohol level proof of intoxication rather than just another
piece of evidence for juries to consider, the Boston Globe reported.
was the only state without such a law.
rushed H3873 to the governor’s desk Monday afternoon to beat the
midnight deadline to avoid losing $2 million in federal highway
new law will also protect future highway dollars that are projected
to reach $54 million over the next four years, the newspaper reported.
Gov. Kerry Healey signed the bill. Gov. Mitt Romney was traveling
to the Czech Republic at the time, making Healey the acting governor.
legislation also increases from 120 to 180 days the time that a
driver’s license can be suspended for refusing to take a Breathalyzer