Jim Doyle signed a bill July 3 to cut Wisconsin’s legal blood-alcohol
concentration limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent and secure
millions in federal highway aid.
was signed after legislative leaders called an extraordinary session
last week to pass the bill. The Senate approved it July 1 and the
Assembly the following day.
adopting the bill before July 15, the state will be eligible for
$2.8 million in federal incentive grants. The state can also avoid
losing $154 million in federal highway funds through 2009, the Journal Sentinel reported.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money. Forty-three
other states have already adopted the lower threshold.
new law takes effect Sept. 30.