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Drunken driving limit lowered to 0.08

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2001

JUNEAU Alaska drivers be warned. With the long Labor Day weekend on hand, it will take fewer drinks for a driver to be considered legally drunk.

A state law going into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday says a person can be arrested for driving while intoxicated if the amount of alcohol in the blood is measured at 0.08 percent, down from 0.10 percent.

Col. Randy Crawford, head of Alaska State Troopers, said no one should expect a grace period.

Law enforcement and corrections officials predict the lower limit will increase drunken-driving arrests by about 5 percent and result in more convictions.

An in-depth look at the new law will be in Sunday's Empire.



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