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U.S. Senate Passes Legislation Lowering Blood Alcohol Level, Two Missouri Senators Want to Do the Same

March 9, 1998
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Just as the U-S Senate passed a measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to .08, two Republican Missouri Senators hold a press conference on doing the same in Missouri.

Missy Shelton has details from Jefferson City.

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President Clinton called on Congress to pass legislation lowering the blood alcohol limit from .01 to .08.

Just days later, two Republican Missouri Senators held a press conference to discuss their efforts to do the same thing in Missouri.

Senator Morris Westfall from southwest Missouri said he believes a lower limit would be a deterent.

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Contents: [124K WAV file - Senator Morris Westfall says this has been borne out in other states where there are fewer arrests. I think the tendancy is, if you've had too much to drink, you get someone to drive or you quit drinking.]

The Senate Transportation Committee could vote on the bill Tuesday.

From Jefferson City, I'm Missy Shelton for K-M-O-X News.