Delaware Senate is unlikely to vote on a bill to lower the state’s
drunken-driving threshold, despite returning to the state capital
for a special session, the Delaware State News reported.
Ruth Ann Minner had planned to call Senators back to the Capitol
Sept. 24 to vote on two judicial nominees, The News Journal reported recently, which would also allow them to vote on lowering
the blood alcohol limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent by Sept.
the state doesn’t lower the limit by the end of the month, it stands
to lose $1.6 million in federal highway funds. The penalty increases
in future years.
you look at the problems with DUIs, it's not the people with .08
or .10, it's the ones higher than that,” Senate President Pro Tempore
Thurman G. Adams, D-Bridgeville, told The Associated Press last
week. "To me, it's got to be .10 or up before you have a problem."
told the news service he would likely restrict legislative action
Sept. 24 to three judicial nominations that required the Senate’s
legislators have said publicly in the past that they opposed the
effort to lower the limit.
passed the House in April, but it has languished since then in the
Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition to lowering the basic limit,
under the bill, if a driver were over 0.16 percent, twice the legal
limit under the bill, that driver would not be eligible for the
state’s First Offender Program.
2000 federal law requires each state’s legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money. If the
state doesn’t lower its limit to 0.08 by October, it stands to lose
$1.6 million in federal highway funds, the Delaware State News reported recently. The penalty escalates in future years. States
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.