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February 14, 2013

MADD, State Police support .08 BAC

LANSING — Along with losing $50 million in federal funding, Michigan would likely see its drunken-driving accidents and deaths increase if a 2003 law that lowered the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving is allowed to expire this year, police and other supporters told lawmakers Wednesday.

Due to a sunset provision in current state law, the legal limit for drivers' blood-alcohol content is set to revert back to 0.10 in October from the current 0.08. But two bills taken up by the House Criminal Justice Committee aim to stop the impending change.

Several groups, including Michigan State Police and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, are supporting the legislation.

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