A parliamentary procedure was used in the House to kill an effort to lower the legal blood alcohol level for driving while intoxicated.
Missy Shelton takes a look at the debate on the issue.
Discussion focused on lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08 and how effective that would be in locking up drunk drivers.
Opposition came mostly from Democrats.
Tim Green, a Democrat from St Louis County, said he believes it's an issue of enforcing current law, not changing it.
But supporters of the measure said drivers are impaired at .08.
Missy Shelton has details on the debate.
Springfield legislators on both sides of the aisle spoke in favor of lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08.
Under current law, reckless driving can warrant an arrest for drunk driving even if the driver's blood alcohol level is below .10.
But prosecutors seldom follow through on those charges.
Roy Holand, a Republican from Springfield, said lowering the number to .08 would mean more prosecutions and more convictions.
Some opponents argued current law just needs to be enforced.
Missy Shelton has a look at debate on this issue.
Legislators wanting to lower Missouri's blood alcohol limit faced opposition from those who said the change is not needed.
Bill Gratz is a Democrat from Jefferson City.
Other opponents said the law that's already in place simply needs to be enforced.
Missy Shelton takes a look at debate on the floor of the House.
Lowering Missouri's blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08 met opposition from those who said alcohol affects different people in different ways.
But supporters of the bill argued impairment does occur for many people at .08.
Roy Holand is a Republican from Springfield.
Springfield legislators from both sides of the aisle spoke in support of the measure.
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