Senate OKs bill slamming brakes on increasing drunk driving limit
Legislation that would prevent a scheduled rise in the state's blood-alcohol limit for drivers is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
The bills, House Bills 4093 and 4131, approved unanimously Wednesday would keep the legal limit for drivers' blood-alcohol content at 0.08 percent. The limit is set to revert back to 0.10 percent in October because of a sunset provision in current state law.
The state would also lose more than $50 million in federal funding for the state's highways if the limit rises to 0.10 percent.
Michigan's Mothers Against Drunk driving has said the state's decision to reduce the lower the limit to 0.08 percent in 2003 has caused a 25 percent drop in drunken driving deaths across the state.