Plan to lower DUI threshold moves to Colorado Senate

| 4/21/2004

The Colorado House approved legislation April 7 to lower the state’s blood-alcohol limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Passage of HB1021, sponsored by Rep. Bob Briggs, R-Westminster, would bring the state in compliance with a federal decree that states adopt the lower limit or lose federal highway dollars. Colorado is one of only three states (Delaware and Minnesota being the others) yet to conform to the federal mandate.

Colorado’s previous refusal to adhere to the standard cost the state $4.9 million in highway dollars when lawmakers ignored the Oct. 1 deadline, The Denver Post reported. The state could lose $50 million if it doesn’t lower the threshold by 2007.

States that adopt the new limit by Oct. 1, 2006, can recover the withheld funds.