Wisconsin governor signs drunken-driving bill

| Thursday, July 10, 2003

Gov. 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.

AB88 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.

By 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.

A 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.

The new law takes effect Sept. 30.

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