Michigan proposes tougher BUI law

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Michigan lawmakers are the latest to be considering a bill that would lower the blood-alcohol threshold for boaters from .10 to .08.

State Rep. Matt Lori drafted a similar proposal last year, but it did not come up for a vote. He has reintroduced similar legislation for this session.

"We had an incident in my district where the prosecutor wasn't able to prosecute [a drunken boating offense] to the fullest extent of the law because the blood-alcohol level was not the same" as the law for automobiles, Lori told The Muskegon Chronicle newspaper.

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad this week signed a measure into law that sets the blood-alcohol limit for boaters at .08, down from .10.

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