new law already being enforced in Ohio will have a big impact on
the trucking industry.
provisions of HB87, which was signed by the governor earlier this
year, went into effect July 1. Those included an increase in the
motor vehicle fuel tax, which was increased by 2 cents a gallon
July 1, and will increase another 2 cents a galloon in 2004 and
addition, the bill lowered the state’s blood alcohol content limit
to 0.08 percent. That provision also went into effect July 1, a
spokesman with the state’s Highway Patrol said.
to The Associated Press, that provision has led to 155 arrests
during the first two months that the law was in effect. That’s on
top of 485 drivers who refused to take the test and were automatically
referred for license suspension and other drivers who were arrested
by local police and sheriff's officials and not included in the
patrol number, the news service said.
Ohio had not lowered the drunken driving limit, it would have lost
millions in highway funds.
has already forfeited $6 million per year since 1998 and was risking
losing $120 million more in federal highway funds over the next
four years if it had not passed the law, according to local media.
2000 federal law requires each state's legislature to adopt the
0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of its highway money.