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20 - CAPE , Friday, May 2 - May 8, F.dk SuoOm photm Postive Growth Alliance gathers at Baycenter for first -ever gala The Positive Growth lllmnee (PGA) entertained those interested in pro- 8posato, of Sposato Landscape and Irrigation. rooting free enterprise and quality of life during, its First Annual Gala at the Food, drinks, a silent auction, and dancing kept (above right, l-r) Jim Baycenter Friday, April 25. Pictured above are (l.r) Don Lockwood, of Lock. Bradley, of First Horizon Mortgage Corp, Tracey Shlbea, Nancy Glynn, and wood Design and Construction; Todd Frichtman, of Enviro Tech4 end Tony Realtor Lou Chrlstaldi entertained at the event. Bill introduced to lower blood alcohol level to .08 By Bridin Reynolds.Hughes The Delaware House revived efforts April 17 to enact a histori- cally controversial law to more strictly define the impairment of individual drivers stopped for drunken driving. HB 1 1 1, which would lower the presumptive level of intoxication for driving from .10 to .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), now heads to the Senate. Coercion by a cogent federal law calling for a .08 standard as a measuring stick for each state's el- igibility to receive its full share of federal highway funds gives the bill its best chance of passage. "Given our current economic climate, we are not going to have much alternative to passing it," said Sen. George Bunting Jr., D- Bethany Beach. "I am not op- posed to the law myself, but I do have a problem with the federal government essentially blackmail- ing the states with the threat to federal funds." The law must be passed this ses- sion to comply with the federal mandate, passed in 2000, de- signed to promote a national legal limit of .08. States have until Oc- tober 1, 2003, to pass a .08 BAC law that would meet the provi- sions of an existing federal incen- tive grant or face the withholding of two percent of their federal highway construction funds, esti- mated at $1.6 million next year for Delaware. The penalty in- creases by two percent for each year. For example, a state without .08 BAC law by October 2005, will lose six percent of their feder- al highway construction funds. If a state passes .08 BAC by 2007, they get the money back. If any state goes beyond 2007, the eight percent sanction stays every year. "As badly as I need highway funds down here, I'll be voting for it. Not implementing it could cost us up to $49 million in the future," said Bunting. The Senate is likely to take that vote soon after re, con- vening from a two week spring break Tuesday, May 6. The pre- dicted swift action is a stark change from past years when the House has sent the Senate similar legislation. Former Senate Pro Tern Tom Sharp, D-Pinecrest, was often unapologetic about keeping the bill buried in committee. Although current Senate Pro Tom Thurman Adams Jr., D- Bridgeville, has not yet assigned the bill to a committee, he is not expected to hold it up. "There are a lot of people who have strong feelings for this and against this, so there will be a good debate," said Adams. In the debate, critics of the law include hospitality and tourism groups who maintain that there is little statistical evidence to prove that lowering the BAC levels to .08 saves lives. They be- lieve there are more effective ways to address the problem, such as steeper penalties for repeat drunk-driving offenders, to/agher enforcement, license revocation and zero tolerance for minors. Some legislators agree, saying the lower limit will create an "unde- serving class of new criminals." "If they stuck to .08 all the time it would be OK. But sometimes they pull people over for .05/' said Adams. On the other side, the bill has the backing of the Delaware State Police and advocacy groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Dri- ving. Both offer reports by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that .08 BAC laws were associated with significant reductions in alcohol-related fa- talities 'Who public has grown complacent on drunk driving is- sues and the legislators think the problem has gotten better, but drunk driving still happens," said Terry Rogers, president of MADD Delaware. MADD's expectation is that the publicity surrounding .08 BAC legislation serves to re- mind the public about the dangers of drinking and driving and may catalyze the enforcement, judicial, and licensing communities to re- focus its efforts on DUI enforce- ment. Delaware Congressman Michael Castle, a long-time pro- ponent of lowering the DUI na- tional standard from .10 to .08, has also supported their lobbying efforts and does not believe the federal government is engaging in blacknmil. Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom LET IT SHINE! Very few people will buy a house because they are attracted by fantastic bathrooms. Buyers do react to bathrooms that are not cared for, however, because they view them as a reflection of the overall condition of the property. Many buyers know that plumbing repairs potentially represent a major expense. They get nervous about dripping faucets, loose tiles and running toilets. Your pre-marketing preparations slould include making sure that your plumb- ing is working properly and that any cosmetic damage caused by former leaks has been repaired. Keep the bathroom spotless while your home is on the mar- ket. Get out the souring powder, mildew remover, glass and tile cleaner and a scrub brush. Re- caulk around tub and shower, if necessary. A new shower cur- tain, bath mat and nice smelling soap can help give the buyer one more positive reason for lik- ing your home! For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, consult "The Results Team" at Long and Foster. Call Bruce at (302) 542-7474 or Steve at (302) M2-7473 or both at (800) 462-3224 (ext. 474) or email them at bruce@resultsteamonline.com, or steve@resultsteamonline.com.