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Reduced BAC for drivers in Utah

People who live in Missouri know that casual drinking is a normal part of life. That, however, does not negate the need for people to be conscious about their ability to safely operate a car, truck or other motor vehicle. With the increased availability of ridesharing options and awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, there is really no reason for someone to be driving after they have been drinking too much. Nonetheless, this still happens and innocent people continue to be hurt or killed as a result.

The state of Utah appears on track to lead the nation in the effort against drunk driving according to National Public Radio. Starting on December 30, 2018, the state may be able to prosecute a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent or greater for impaired operation of a vehicle. Currently, the threshold for drunk driving in Utah and all other states is 0.08 percent.

Interestingly, the existing 0.08 percent level used by all other states was first instituted by Utah in 1983. At that time, most states used a BAC of 0.10 percent to identify a driver as drunk. In 2013, a call by the National Transportation Safety Board was made to lower the limit to 0.05 across the country. Since then, five states have given consideration to this but Utah is the first to take action.

It will be interesting to watch and see if Missouri or other states will follow in Utah's footsteps in an effort to keep people safe from the reckless drivers who refuse to put away their keys when drinking. 


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