Government
10:26 am
Thu March 21, 2013

House approves bill to prevent BAC hike

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has passed legislation that would prevent a scheduled rise in the state's blood-alcohol limit for drivers. 

The bills 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.

Republican Representative Klint Kesto of Commerce Township in Oakland County is sponsoring one of the bills.  He says the state would lose more than $50 million in federal funding if the limit rises to 0.10 percent.

He says since Michigan has implemented a 0.08 percent limit, there has been a significant drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

The bills now head to the Senate.