Section 164 Legislation


    Highway Safety Act of 1966

    23 USC Chapter 1

    As Amended by SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008
    Revision June 2008

     

    § 164. Minimum penalties for repeat offenders for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence

    (a) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions apply:

    (1) Alcohol concentration.--The term "alcohol concentration" means grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

    (2) Driving while intoxicated; driving under the influence.--The terms "driving while intoxicated" and "driving under the influence" mean driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while having an alcohol concentration above the permitted limit as established by each State.

    (3) License suspension.--The term "license suspension" means the suspension of all driving privileges.

    (4) Motor vehicle.--The term "motor vehicle" means a vehicle driven or drawn by mechanical power and manufactured primarily for use on public highways, but does not include a vehicle operated solely on a rail line or a commercial vehicle.

    (5) Repeat intoxicated driver law.--The term "repeat intoxicated driver law" means a State law that provides, as a minimum penalty, that an individual convicted of a second or subsequent offense for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence after a previous conviction for that offense shall-

    (A) receive--
    (i) a driver's license suspension for not less than 1 year; or
    (ii) a combination of suspension of all driving privileges for the first 45 days of the suspension period followed by a reinstatement of limited driving privileges for the purpose of getting to and from work, school, or an alcohol treatment program if an ignition interlock device is installed on each of the motor vehicles owned or operated, or both, by the individual;

    (B) be subject to the impoundment or immobilization of, or the installation of an ignition interlock system on, each motor vehicle owned or operated, or both, by the individual;

    (C) receive an assessment of the individual's degree of abuse of alcohol and treatment as appropriate; and

    (D) receive--
    (i) in the case of the second offense--

    (I) an assignment of not less than 30 days of community service; or

    (II) not less than 5 days of imprisonment; and

    (ii) in the case of the third or subsequent offense--

    (I) an assignment of not less than 60 days of community service; or

    (II) not less than 10 days of imprisonment.

    (b) Transfer of funds.--

    (1) Fiscal years 2001 and 2002.--On October 1, 2000, and October 1, 2001, if a State has not enacted or is not enforcing a repeat intoxicated driver law, the Secretary shall transfer an amount equal to 1 1/2 percent of the funds apportioned to the State on that date under each of paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) to the apportionment of the State under section 402--

    (A) to be used for alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures; or

    (B) to be directed to State and local law enforcement agencies for enforcement of laws prohibiting driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence and other related laws (including regulations), including the purchase of equipment, the training of officers, and the use of additional personnel for specific alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures, dedicated to enforcement of the laws (including regulations).

    (2) Fiscal year 2003 and fiscal years thereafter.--On October 1, 2002, and each October 1 thereafter, if a State has not enacted or is not enforcing a repeat intoxicated driver law, the Secretary shall transfer an amount equal to 3 percent of the funds apportioned to the State on that date under each of paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) to the apportionment of the State under section 402 to be used or directed as described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1).

    (3) Use for hazard elimination program.--A State may elect to use all or a portion of the funds transferred under paragraph (1) or (2) for activities eligible under section 148.

    (4) Federal share.--The Federal share of the cost of a project carried out with funds transferred under paragraph (1) or (2), or used under paragraph (3), shall be 100 percent.

    (5) Derivation of amount to be transferred.--The amount to be transferred under paragraph (1) or (2) may be derived from one or more of the following:

    (A) The apportionment of the State under section 104(b)(1).

    (B) The apportionment of the State under section 104(b)(3).

    (C) The apportionment of the State under section 104(b)(4).

    (6) Transfer of obligation authority.--

    (A) In general.--If the Secretary transfers under this subsection any funds to the apportionment of a State under section 402 for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall transfer an amount, determined under subparagraph (B), of obligation authority distributed for the fiscal year to the State for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs for carrying out projects under section 402.

    (B) Amount.--The amount of obligation authority referred to in subparagraph (A) shall be determined by multiplying--

    (i) the amount of funds transferred under subparagraph (A) to the apportionment of the State under section 402 for the fiscal year, by

    (ii) the ratio that--

    (I) the amount of obligation authority distributed for the fiscal year to the State for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs, bears to

    (II) the total of the sums apportioned to the State for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs (excluding sums not subject to any obligation limitation) for the fiscal year.

    (7) Limitation on applicability of obligation limitation.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no limitation on the total of obligations for highway safety programs under section 402 shall apply to funds transferred under this subsection to the apportionment of a State under such section.