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Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

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Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit to 0.05%: Will Other States Follow Suit? Today"s guest blog is by Wagnon Law Group, PLLC in Bryan, Texas. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

BRYAN, Texas. The legal blood alcohol limit generally determines whether a person will face charges for a DUI. In almost all 50 states, this limit is 0.08%. Yet, this may change. Utah recently became the first state to lower its blood alcohol concentration limits to 0.05%. Though the new limits won’t come into effect until December 30th, 2018, many critics of the law are asking for a closer examination of how DUIs will be handled in states that lower their BAC levels. NPR reports that the new law gives Utah the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. Utah’s changes follow from the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations that all states lower their blood-alcohol concentration levels to 0.05%.

Yet critics of the new law claim that it significantly alters the standards of what constitutes drunk driving. According to Business Insider, a 100-pound woman could not have one drink without being considered legally intoxicated under the new standard. Under the new standard, the most light-weight men would be considered legally intoxicated after just two drinks; and some would be considered drunk after just one. Critics of the law also claim that it fails to address the people who really cause accidents. According to USA Today, 77% of traffic deaths involving alcohol involve drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.15%.

Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

Utah businesses worry that the law will hurt business. If individuals can be considered legally drunk after just one drink, consumers might think twice before ordering drinks when they go out to eat, a significant source of revenue for restaurants and bars. Yet, supporters of the law claim that it sends the right message to drivers: the state does not want people to drink and drive—period. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that a driver could have difficulty steering, coordinating, and responding to emergency situations at 0.05% BAC.

While Utah has been known to have some of the nation’s stricter laws regarding alcohol consumption, the new law makes it a first in the nation. As it stands, states like Texas continue to set 0.08% as the official drunk driving limit and even in Utah; the new limit won’t be in effect for some time.

That said, it still doesn’t take many drinks to reach the current 0.08% limit. Some individuals who are stopped and charged with drunk driving may not consider themselves drunk at the time. Alcohol can affect a person’s judgment. But, how drunk you are is highly dependent on your weight, how much you’ve had to eat, your body type, and other factors. Two people can have the same amount to drink and one can be considered legally intoxicated while the other may not be anywhere near legally drunk. If you are facing a drunk driving charge in Bryan, Texas you may want to speak to the Wagnon Law Firm’s DWI lawyers.

Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Limit

Our firm can review the circumstances of your arrest and fight to protect your rights. The consequences of a DWI can be high. You could face the loss of your license, increased insurance rates, criminal charges, and other collateral consequences. Visit the DUI lawyers at the Wagnon Law Firm at www.wagnonlaw.com to learn more.

Citations:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/24/521356512/utah-cuts-dui-alcohol-limit-to-lowest-level-in-u-s-law-also-affects-gun-owners

http://www.businessinsider.com/drinks-before-driving-if-bac-is-05-2013-5

http://www.wagnonlaw.com/dwi-law 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/12/utah-become-first-state-lower-dui-limit-05/99088402 

http://www.wagnonlaw.com/dui-law 

2017-07-10T09:58:25+00:00

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