May 30 2017

Drunk Driver Car Accidents: New DUI Laws

Car Accidents caused by drunk drivers have a whole new meaning in Utah.  Injured by a drunk driver?  Contact the award winning car accident lawyers at William Rawlings and Associates.  We have over 35 years handling car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

UTAH DUI LIMIT CHANGED

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that lowers the maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers to .05 percent.   The current legal threshold is .08 percent giving Utah the strictest drunken driving law in the nation. Hence lowering the limit even more will definitely start conversations.

Lowering the limit is extremely controversial.  The bill has pitted opponents in the tourism and hospitality industry against backers in the health and transportation fields. The governor’s office has been overwhelmed with hundreds of calls on the bill.  Not surprisingly, most of them in opposition.

The American Beverage Institute opposes the measure. The industry says a 120-pound woman can reach .05 with little more than one drink.  Consequently, the group argues that at that level, a driver is less impaired than a driver talking on a cell phone.

Most noteworthy, some public health experts have pushed for stricter limits.  The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all states drop blood alcohol levels down to .05.  The intent was  to deter more people from drinking and driving.

ARGUMENTS OVER NEW DRUNK DRIVING BILL

There will likely be more arguments over the new law, which isn’t scheduled to take effect until Dec. 30, 2018.   Furthermore, those in favor of the Bill also state that the state needs to re-examine how it penalizes drivers who are over the limit. There are some areas of improvement that are warranted and are necessary.   They will look at impaired driving and distracted driving and repeat offenders.  Also those who in fact have been arrested for DUIs on multiple occasions.