Virginia stands to lose $2.6 million a year in federal highway aid
starting next month because the state’s legal blood alcohol concentration
limit remains at 0.10 percent rather than 0.08 percent.
2000, West Virginia is one of only six states yet to adopt legislation
signed by then-President Clinton that requires each state to define
legally drunk as 0.08 percent blood alcohol content or risk losing
2 percent of its highway dollars.
officials told the Charleston Daily Mail the lost money would
hurt projects around the state.
it’s paving or a signal light or improvements or whatever, there’s
$2 million of work that you were going to do that you won’t do,”
Norm Roush, deputy commissioner for the Division of Highways, said.
$2.6 million will be taken from transportation this fiscal year,
that number will increase every year West Virginia keeps its higher
drunken driving limit. The state stands to lose more than $26 million
over four years.
the state passes a law before 2007, it could regain the transportation
money lost this year.