By lowering the minimum threshold of what it calls drunk driving, Utah will become the strictest state when it comes to getting behind the wheel after a drink or three—and it may not be the last.
Last week, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed into law a measure that redefines the state’s definition of drunk driving from a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 to .05. The law will take effect at the close of 2018.
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The new legislation means that a 160-pound man will likely be over the limit after three alcoholic drinks in an hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 137-pound woman will, on average, hit .05 after just two drinks in the same period.
The new law has drawn disdain from the American Beverage Institute, which took out a two-page ad in both of Salt Lake City’s