House lawmakers rejected a Senate version of a bill that would
lower the state’s blood-alcohol concentration limit for motorists
from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.
voted down the bill Aug. 4 citing an outside analysis that concluded
SB8 would not comply with federal mandates, NEPA News Online reported.
House leaders have asked for a separate conference committee to
review the measure.
state risks losing $11 million in federal transportation funds
unless lawmakers lower the state’s drunken driving limit to 0.08
percent by Oct. 1.
a memo to state officials, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration said the latest version of the bill, sponsored
by Sen. Charles Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, would not comply with the
federal mandate because it carries lighter penalties than the
current 0.10 percent standard.