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Bill That Would Lower Intoxication Level Passes Committee

March 10, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Missouri drivers would have to drink less before driving under a bill passed by the Senate Transportation Committee. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bill would lower the legal intoxication level from .1 to .08. Committee Chairman Senator Danny Staples says the bill is in line with requirements passed by the U.S. Senate.

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Contents: Staples says that when "big brother" passes a bill, the legislature has to comply with it or the state will lose federal highway funding.

Staples says the bill is priority legislation but that it's doubtful whether it will be considered during this session because of time constraints.


Drivers would have to drink less before getting in their cars under a bill passed by the Senate Transportation Committee. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bill fulfills requirements of a bill passed by the U.S. Senate that lowers the legal intoxication level from .1 to .08.

President Pro Tem and Committee Member Senator Bill McKenna voted against the bill.

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Contents: McKenna says there is no data to indicate that the bill would result in safer highways but that it would result in more people being arrested.

Colonel Weldon Wilhoit of the Missouri Highway Patrol says statistics comparing states that have passed the .08 limit with surrounding states still at .1 show a sixteen percent decrease in fatalities involving legally drunk drivers. Colonel Wilhoit testified in favor of the bill.