highway officials are bracing for a $4.9 million loss in federal
road funds this year because state legislators failed to drop the
state’s legal blood-alcohol limit.
federal deadline for states to lower the limit from 0.10 percent
to 0.08 percent was Oct. 1. Colorado’s decision to forgo the federal
dollars and defy the mandate was essentially set in February, when
a bill to lower the threshold died in committee.
a result, the state could lose nearly $50 million in federal funds
the state’s General Assembly can still recover the lost dollars.
If lawmakers pass a law lowering the legal limit by October 2006,
all yanked funds can be recouped.
Centennial State is one of five states that refused to reduce the
level at which motorists are presumed impaired. The others are Delaware,
Minnesota, New Jersey and West Virginia.
Nelson, spokeswoman with the Colorado Transportation Department,
told The Denver Post no major highway projects would be hurt
by the financial loss. She said motorists could expect to see fewer
guardrails and rumble strips.