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IDAHO MAY ADOPT UTAH’S TOUGH LAW ON ALCOHOL LEVELS

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Idaho could join neighboring Utah in making a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent the threshold for drunken driving charges.

After a long hearing Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee endorsed legislation lowering Idaho's drunken driving level from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent. Industry lobbyists opposed the bill, saying the lower level would not get at the problem."It's the real problem drinkers who are causing the problem and we are not addressing that," said Dave Hand, lobbyist for the Idaho Hospitality Association.

Ken McClure, lobbying for beer company Anheuser-Busch, said 93 percent of fatal accidents involving alcohol are caused by drivers with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent or higher.