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Michigan Bill Would Lower Drunken-Driving Limit to 0.05

Michigan Bill Would Lower Drunken-Driving Limit to 0.05

Created: March 21, 2019 01:46 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Newly introduced legislation would make Michigan the second state to lower its drunken-driving limit to a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05 percent.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving is supporting the House bill (House Bill 4420) that was proposed by Democrats Thursday. It would drop the limit to 0.05 percent, from 0.08 percent - the limit in 48 other states.

Utah's 0.05 threshold took effect in December.

MAAD President Helen Witty says critical driving skills are impaired at a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05.

The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn, says more must be done to prevent "a completely avoidable epidemic." He points to how five Michigan family members were killed in January when a suspected drunken driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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