Donald Carcieri signed legislation – H5452 – July 2 that secures
federal highway aid by making it a criminal offense to drive with
a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
previous law, it was illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration
limit between 0.08 and 0.10 percent, but it was a civil offense.
federal government, seeking to impose the stricter standard, has
been threatening to withhold millions in highway dollars from states
that haven’t made it a criminal offense by the beginning of the
next fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
Island stood to lose $17 million by 2007 if it failed to conform.