Ultimatum for DUI Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the 31 states that risks losing millions in federal highway money if it does not lower its driving under the influence blood alcohol ration from .10 to .08. With the new law (expected to be signed into law by President Clinton), Pennsylvania will have until the year 2004 to lower its legal limit.

If Pennsylvania fails to implement such a change, it will lose and expected two percent in federal highway money. By the year 2007, the percentage of cuts in federal funding would escalate to eight percent.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge has indicated his support of a reduction to .08. It is uncertain how the General Assembly will vote on such a bill.

A 175 pound man would have to drink approximately 4 drinks in one hour to reach a blood alcohol level of .08.