Utah House Pass Bill to Lower Legal Alcohol Limit

Utah House Pass Bill to Lower Legal Alcohol Limit

A bill to make Utah's blood-alcohol limit for driving the lowest in the nation passed the Utah House of Representatives recently.

According to Desert News, the bill would reduce the legal limit from .08 to .05 — a limit that matches most European and Asian countries but would make Utah the first state in the U.S. to drop the limit to .05.

Critics of the bill, however, questioned whether reducing the limit would actually make a difference other than incriminate more people.
Under current law, if someone is found to be impaired but is still below .08, they would face a citation rather than a DUI charge and an automatic 120-day driver's license suspension.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

If HB155 becomes law, it would take effect Dec. 30, 2018, just in time for next year's New Year's Eve weekend.


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