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Michigan lawmakers seek to drop BAC limit for boaters

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan boaters and snowmobilers would be held to the same drunken driving standards as drivers under legislation introduced in the state House.

The bipartisan package of bills was introduced by Republican Reps. Matt Lori of Constantine and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Democratic Rep. Andrew Kandrevas of Southgate. The legislation would set the legal blood-alcohol limit for boat, snowmobile and off-road vehicle operators at 0.08 percent.

The lawmakers say that under current law, people can legally operate snowmobiles and boats with a 0.10 blood-alcohol content.

Pagel says in a statement that snowmobilers "should be held to the same standards as drivers when it comes to alcohol consumption."

Lori says the bills would improve the safety of Michigan's lakes, snowmobile routes and off-road trails.

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