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Legal limit for alcohol on its way to governor’s desk

flickr user: Mark Goebel

Michigan’s point-zero-eight percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year. But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that.

Once in a while the state’s BAC level essentially expires. The law has a built in sunset that requires the Legislature to look at the level and consider changing it.

The last time the limit was examined by the Legislature was in 2013.

Republican Representative Klint Kesto is a bill sponsor. He says the current standard is good for the state.

“I think it’s good for public safety, I think it’s good for road safety, and I think it’s good for the safety of all our Michigan families out there.”

The legal limit is tied to federal highway funding. If the state limit isn’t set at point-zero-eight the federal government could take away money.