Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign bills soon that will subject boaters and snowmobilers to the same blood-alcohol limits as motor vehicle drivers.

The bills approved unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate would set the legal alcohol limit at 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content (BAC) instead of 0.10 percent BAC.

The Michigan State Police want similar limits for operators of boats and land vehicles to ensure they’re operated safely and not a danger to others.

When the legal alcohol limit in Michigan for driving changed from 0.10 percent BAC to 0.08 percent in 2003, the limits for snowmobile, watercraft and off-road vehicles didn't change along with it.

Supporters of the legislation say that having separate blood-alcohol limits sends the wribg message that while someone is too drunk to drive a car, it’s OK to use a snowmobile or boat in an intoxicated state instead.

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