MADD: Keep Michigan's BAC law at .08 percent

Lawmakers could raise state's legal blood alcohol content driving threshold

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's Mothers Against Drunk Driving is calling on lawmakers to prevent a scheduled rise in the state's legal blood alcohol content driving threshold.

The organization is expected to testify in front of the House Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday. MADD will be supporting a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Andrea LaFontaine of Columbus Township.

The bill would keep Michigan's legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers at .08 percent. Under the current law, the state's blood alcohol content threshold is scheduled to automatically increase to .10 percent this October.

LaFontaine's office says Michigan must maintain its .08 percent law to avoid violating federal drunken driving standards and continue receiving federal funding.

MADD says the .08 percent law has contributed to a 25 percent drop in drunken driving deaths in Michigan.

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