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Michigan's BAC law under review
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) A special hearing is taking place in Lansing Wednesday morning to discuss the B-A-C level in Michigan's drunk driving law and it could cost us funding for our roads.
The current blood alcohol level of .08 went into effect in 2003 but it has what's called a sunset provision which means it will return to .10 in October.
Legislators will have to vote to remove that provision in order to keep the .08 limit.
If they don't act, Michigan will lose $51 million dollars in road funding that is tied to our stricter B-A-C level.
The Office of Highway Safety Planning tells Newschannel 3 they have seen a dramatic reduction of the number of alcohol related driving deaths since the 2003 law was put in place so they don't want to see the limit increased.
According to the University of Michigan total annual costs of all alcohol related deaths in the state exceeds $1.8 billion.
In 2003 there were 15,124 alcohol related crashes and 397 fatalities. In 2004, one year after the BAC was lowered, those numbers were down to 14,591 and 364 fatalities and in 2011 there were 9,855 alcohol related crashes, 282 fatalities.
From 2004 to 2011 alcohol involved crashes dropped by 32%and fatalities are down 22%.
Michigan's Mothers Against Drunk Driving is calling on lawmakers to prevent the scheduled rise in the state's legal blood alcohol content driving threshold.
The organization is expected to testify in front of the House Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.