Group Pushes For Lower DUI Standard in Utah

October 16, 2013

A conservative think tank and advocate for harsher liquor laws in Utah is pushing to lower the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol level, arguing it would reduce roadway deaths.

The Salt Lake City-based nonprofit Sutherland Institute wants to lower the limit to 0.05, from 0.08 percent.

The Deseret News reported the institute has invited a researcher on the topic to give a presentation to Utah lawmakers on Wednesday.

James Fell is a senior researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Alcohol, Policy and Safety Research Center in Calverton, Md.

He says studies show most people experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions at a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent.

Utah has some of the most stringent liquor laws in the nation.

Latest Comments

  • October 17, 2013 at 9:15 am
    2011 FACTS about drivers in the US involved in multi-vehicle crashes resulting in at least 1 fatality on US roadways (source: FARS - ) Total DRIV... read more
  • October 17, 2013 at 8:56 am
    Roland says:
    Captain, I would go further than that. These limits are just excuses for lazy cops to set up more checkpoints to harass and delay innocent people who are not a threat to anybo... read more
  • October 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Captain Planet says:
    Okay, ridiculous! It's not those who have one drink that are running things and people over. It's those that are having 8-10 drinks. I say, raise the limit back to .10 and if ... read more
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