Utah legislators looking at unintended consequences of .05% DUI law

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    The phrase is "Don't drink and drive". It isn't "Don't drink a little and drive".
    I have zero sympathy for drunk drivers.

  • Kasploded Riverton, UT
    May 18, 2017 3:19 p.m.

    In Utah, conservative leaders have a tendency to crack down on alcohol because they have simply been taught to look down on it from a very young age. Truth is, prescription drugs are far more abused in Utah. Last I checked, Utah has 82-95 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. Which is insane. The difference is that you can abuse prescription drugs and still show up to church. With some careful wording, you could even keep your temple recommend. Religious morality doesn't pair well with logic at times. Keep in mind Utah also has one of the highest rates of sexual child abuse and suicide in the country. Take those stats and combine it with our Mormon majority population and it starts to paint a less than flattering picture. Changing .08% to .05% is to help politicians sleep better at night without having to do any heavy lifting.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    Rocket Science - said:". . . drug-related fatalities were up, the 2016 report showed . . . Crashes involving drugs — marijuana . . . " Seems like it is not a good idea to legalize marijuana either"

    As soon as they can get a test for Marijuana that can narrow it to less than 30 day's those statistic might mean something.

    Personally it's those with cell phone on their breath or on their fingertips that we need to find a way to test at every accident for. Since the most impaired yet acceptable driving I've witnessed has been by these criminals.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 12:19 p.m.

    Not mentioned in the article are provisions in the law that would apply a zero tolerance standard, i.e. 0.0% BAC, for immigrant drivers. That creates a potential equal protection legal challenge. This is the sort of unintended consequence that should have been discovered before the law was passed. Legislate in haste, repeal at leisure.

  • KJR Sequim, WA
    May 18, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all states lower the blood alcohol standard to 0.05 percent. It's not like Utah's change makes it some kind of anomaly. For comparison purposes, the standard for commercial drivers has been 0.04 in most states for a long time. In Europe -- with a higher percentage of the general population being drinkers as compared with the US, almost all countries use the 0.05 percent standard except for the UK and Malta which are 0.08 percent. Several EU nations use 0.02 for regular drivers and 0.01 for commercial drivers. Keep it where it is, and if it means that drinkers have to have one less drink before they get in their cars and on the same road with me, I will feel a little safer. And if they don't forego that third drink and get nailed for their third DUI, they can only blame themselves.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    May 18, 2017 10:43 a.m.

    "Utah Highway Patrol Capt. Steve Winward said the new law is already having an impact . . . They're choosing to ride share rather than drink and drive, he said."

    Why change, the .05 law is already having a positive impact on public safety.

    ". . . drug-related fatalities were up, the 2016 report showed . . . Crashes involving drugs — marijuana . . . "

    Seems like it is not a good idea to legalize marijuana either

  • patriotstate Herriman, UT
    May 18, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    So, the hubbub us based on people appearing in court who have been charged criminally, basing their case on "... more would go trial with an argument that they're not impaired..." if they choose to drive with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

    That would be the same as "I am not impaired if I drive 20 hours a day", or "I am not impaired just because I have poor vision", or "I am not impaired if I choose to drive above the speed limit".

    If the legislature passed a bad law - own it and change it, before it creates criminals.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    May 17, 2017 6:25 p.m.

    "Schultz said the committee is charged with exploring any unintended consequences of the bill."

    Do you think maybe they should have done that before they passed the law? I know Utah takes some pride in being a bit backwards but come on.