Together with Arizona and South Carolina, Florida is considered to have some of the more strict DUI laws in the country. Soon, however, Utah will be the undisputed king of strict DUI laws in the nation.
Currently, all states require a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater for someone to be considered to be driving under the influence. Recently Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, signed legislation giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country. The law reduces the DUI blood alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05.
Opponents of the law urged the governor to veto the bill, contending it would punish responsible drinkers and reinforce Utah’s reputation as being unfriendly to drinkers. Governor Herbert, a Mormon, denied the bill was motivated for religious reasons. Instead, he said the bill’s impetus arose out of concern for public safety. Continue reading