Utah Governor Signs Nation's Strictest Drunk Driving Law

  • Utah Governor Signs Nation's Strictest Drunk Driving Law

Utah Governor Signs Nation's Strictest Drunk Driving Law

Supporters of the law include the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, who, according to the AP, say that this change is a "sensible solution" to discourage drunken driving.

That happened as a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics shows that Utahns are evenly split on that bill.

In the letter, the governors said they support the plan's more flexible Medicaid program and phased-in transition from Obama's law. The Republican says police won't measure someone's blood alcohol level until they have seen visible signs of impairment and the person fails a field sobriety test.

Alcohol sales and consumption is already regulated more heavily in Utah than in many other states, in part due to the state's large Mormon population and its origins as a settlement for members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

The National Transportation Safety Board backs the new Utah law and recommends all states adopt the 0.05 standard, if not lower, arguing that stricter laws could save more almost 1,800 lives annually.

Across the country, the blood-alcohol content limit for most drivers is.08, but limits vary among states for commercial drivers or drivers who have had a past DUI conviction. Some critics say the new law could make people think Utah is "weird", something Herbert acknowledged he's heard. The other 49 states (as well as Utah until the new law takes effect on December 31st, 2018) all now place the DUI barrier at 0.08 percent BAC. He said he wants legislators to consider a tiered punishment system with less stringent penalties for those convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.07 percent.

Utah will soon have the toughest DUI law in the U.S.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has taken a neutral position on the measure.

"This law does not target drinking; it is a public safety law that targets impaired driving", Governor Hebert said in a statement.