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New Michigan DUI law could change the BAC level

Every day numerous Michigan residents are arrested and charge with some form of drunk driving. In fact, just recently 433 people were arrested in a span of just under a month for drunk driving charges statewide. While the state blood alcohol limit is 0.08, many wonder how long before boat and snowmobiles have the same standard.

Despite to the severity of drunk driving and the potential for serious injury and death associated with this illegal activity, Michigan lawmakers have considered keeping the state BAC level for drunk driving at 0.08. Bills 4093 and 4131 were recently approved by the State Senate, which maintain the drunk driving threshold of 0.08. Once the bill is passed by the governor it will remain at the current level, but if it doesn't become a law, the state legal limit would be 0.10.

A similar law was passed in 2003, which switched the legal limit from 0.10 to 0.08. As of right now, the BAC in the state of Michigan is still 0.08 for cars and trucks, but for snowmobiles and boats it is at 0.10. If both bills from above pass, the current BAC of watercraft and snowmobiles could go back down to 0.08. Often times many DUI offenders are caught with a BAC between 0.08 and 0.10. This area is considered impaired, but even though it is barely over the legal limit the same consequences can often result.

Regardless of whether or not bills 4093 and 4131 pass, many Michigan residents facing a DUI will still have to deal with the same consequences. Oftentimes a DUI conviction can lead to large fines, jail time and damage to a personal and professional reputation. Serious injury or death can also be attributed to DUIs.

Source: Michigan Live, "Michigan poised to keep drunken driving threshold at .08-could boats, snowmobiles be next?," Tim Martin, April 24, 2013

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