the threat of losing millions in federal transportation funds,
Pennsylvania is among a handful of states seeking legislation
to lower the state’s blood-alcohol concentration limit from 0.10
percent to 0.08.
2000, Pennsylvania is one of only eight states yet to adopt legislation
signed by then-President Clinton that requires each state to define
legally drunk as 0.08 percent blood alcohol content or risk losing
federal highway dollars.
sponsored by Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, would adopt the 0.08
limit. It also increases the current penalties for all drunken-driving
related offenses and requires identified addicts and repeat offenders
to undergo treatment.
bill has been sent to the House Rules Committee for consideration.
The state has until July 15 to certify to the federal government
that a law is in place.