New Utah Drunk Driving Law Causing Uproar
A new law in Utah has dropped the maximum blood alcohol limit from 0.08 to 0.05 for drivers across the state, making it the lowest in the entire country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 160-pound man would be legally drunk after two drinks in one hour.
The new limitation will go into effect later this year, but is already starting to have an effect on tourism. Tourists traveling to Utah are now joking, “Come for vacation, leave on probation.” But, realistically there is a possibility that people unfamliar with the laws will misstep.
A local pub owner is concerned about the new law’s effect on the profitability of the state economy. “We think conventions will stop coming here … and what’s going to happen is every other state is going to try to come and steal our business,” Doug Hofeling, COO of Squatters Brewery in Salt Lake City said.
“Even though you’ve already got the lowest DUI death rate in the country?” Evans State representative Norm Thurston said, who sponsored the bill and believes it will help reduce alcohol and drug related fataliaties in the state.
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