Statement by the President: .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) (10/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 3,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Congress took a courageous step today to save lives by keeping drunk
drivers off the roads.  This morning, House and Senate conferees approved a
Transportation spending bill that includes a critical measure to help set a
nationwide impaired driving standard of .08 blood alcohol content (BAC).
This common-sense nationwide limit will save an estimated 500 lives a year
and prevent thousands of injuries.

     Our progress on .08 BAC marks a new milestone in our ongoing effort to
crack down on drunk driving.  It is the result of years of hard work by
safety advocates across the country.  I applaud Mothers Against Drunk
Driving and the more then 400 young people visiting Washington today who
have put a national spotlight on this critical safety measure.  I also want
to commend the tireless efforts and leadership of Senators Frank Lautenberg
and Richard Shelby, Representatives Frank Wolf and Nita Lowey, as well as
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater.  Today?s remarkable
achievement shows that when we work together, we can make America?s streets
and highways safer for all.


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