Bill seeking to drop legal alcohol limit to .05 clears first hurdle

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  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2017 8:39 a.m.

    Great revenue increaser, wont do anything to make people safer.
    Phones bring the distracted driving level, equal to .08, if you aren't going to do anything about that, then this just becomes a moral objection to drinking.

    Also if you haven't noticed an increase in hit and runs, and leaving the scene of an accident, because the fines and penalties for those crimes are small change compared to DUI.

  • KJR Alpine, UT
    Feb. 12, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    While I have no opposition to this law, I believe that it is naive to think that it will make any meaningful contribution to saving lives unless it means offenders long enough to keep them off the streets in an impaired state. I doubt if anyone will change their drinking or driving behavior as a result of this law. The chance of being caught or having an accident doesn't change, so almost all drinkers will accept the same level of risk and continue in their habits.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 8:45 p.m.

    And yes, telephone and texting, too.

    One commenter said, "Legalize adulthood in Utah."

    That's exactly what laws against drunk driving and phone use do.

    Be an adult: Stay sober and leave the phone alone.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 8:41 p.m.

    Excellent! This is one that needs to pass and be enforced.

    I had to cut too many dead bodies out of wrecks caused by drunks. That's an experience that never stops haunting you.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 11:40 a.m.

    This law won't do much to curtail drunk driving. At .05, police officers wouldn't be able to detect impairment. After one beer or one drink doesn't mean the person is drunk. There is a big difference between drunk driving and buzzed driving, something people around here have no idea about but it doesn't stop them from imposing their religious beliefs on others.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Feb. 11, 2017 10:32 a.m.

    nonamesaccepted - I would be dejected if we followed the EU on anything. Their's is a failing model of governance. I guess things must have changed since I lived in Bavaria for a while. . .

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 9:57 a.m.

    We model a law on secular Europe and the haters claim it is religious people imposing their values. Haters gonna hate I guess.

    Ive realized the nice thing about a 0.05% limit is that it simply says, "If you've had a drink, don't drive. Period."

    This is what secular, mature adults do in Europe.

    It is time for some people in Utah to grow up and accept responsibility for their own lives and choices. Drink if you like. Drink all you like. I could not possibly care any less.

    But if you drink, don't drive.

    And since your drinking isn't my business, neither is it my responsibility to arrange or fund your transportation if you have been drinking.

    Adulthood. Secular European style.

    No rational reason to complain. But that won't stop the whiners and haters.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Feb. 11, 2017 8:53 a.m.

    Another example of the Mormon membership's drive to control everything in the state which is outside their religious thinking. Legalize adulthood in Utah!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    If Utah Legislators were truly concerned about driver safety, they would enact heavy texting enforcement as well as a hands free cell phone law. This is about religious lawmakers that believe alcohol is evil, forcing their beliefs and punishment on non believers.

  • Doom Turtle SLC/SLC, UT
    Feb. 11, 2017 6:36 a.m.

    I support the move to .05.
    However, the legislator is overlooking a far more ubiquitous threat to safety on the roads, the cell phone. Our flagship university , the U of U, has shown that talking on a hands free phone impairs a driver to the same degree as the current .08 standard.
    I have been rear-ended in two different cars while stationary in traffic, by drivers on their phones.
    Both were thousands in repairs for me. The driver of the full size pickup who hit me at 35-40
    mph had the temerity to say "sorry man, I was on my phone".
    The Europeans with lower alcohol standards are way ahead of the US on banning phone use as well. I am a physician with urgent calls at times, but they wait till I am parked.

  • The Jimmer Okemos, MI
    Feb. 10, 2017 11:00 p.m.

    The libertas quote shows how unrealistic and sometimes ridiculous libertarian ideology is. Seriously?

  • AT Elk River, MN
    Feb. 10, 2017 9:30 p.m.

    The Libertas institute is probably wrong on this one. There are victimless crimes that shouldn't be crimes - I'm certain they'd agree on that. This one isn't one of them. Drinking and driving is a lottery. As such, it's only victimless if your number doesn't come up. Since it now has to do with chance, there are victims.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2017 8:58 p.m.

    Alcohol education will help young people as well. Raising the fines higher for drunk driving may help some as well and mandatory education and treatment for those arrested for DUI. One of the problems is all the lawyers and some of the plea deals they are working for many. Some of that needs to be reigned in.