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