New Law Makes Utah First state to Lower Legal BAC to 0.05

When drunk drivers take to the road in Clinton, they put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. When a crash is caused by a driver who has consumed alcohol, the consequences can be extremely serious. Despite efforts to reduce incidences of drunk driving and the legal consequences faced by those who drive after imbibing alcohol, the problem persists.

One state is looking to reduce drunk driving by lowering the level of blood alcohol content that is considered legal for driving. Lawmakers in Utah recently passed a bill that would make it the first state to lower the legal BAC to 0.05. Utah is already one of the states with the lowest incidences of drinking and driving. That may be, in part, due to its large Mormon population.

While many other countries around the world have already adopted similar policies, most places in the United States use 0.08 as the standard by which to determine whether a person’s ability to drive has been impaired. The move has faced opposition by some in the restaurant industry. Others also argue that since most deadly crashes involve drivers whose BAC exceeds 0.15, the new law will do little to stop those people from getting behind the wheel. It remains to be seen whether, if enacted, the law will be successful and other states will follow suit.

Most accidents caused by people who are driving under the influence are preventable. Those who have had a loved one seriously injured or killed at the hands of a drunk driver may wish to contact an experienced attorney.


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