Michigan lowers blood-alcohol limit

| Thursday, July 24, 2003

Michigan’s legal blood-alcohol concentration limit will be lowered under legislation signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The new law complies with a federal requirement to lower the permissible blood-alcohol level to avoid losing millions in highway aid.

HB4247 lowers the state’s drunken driving standard from 0.10 percent to 0.08. It also helps the state avoid losing $9.2 million of its federal highway dollars next year, Grand Rapids’ WOOD TV reported.

A 2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the 0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its federal highway money.

The new law takes effect Sept. 30.

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