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Some say Utah's new DUI law could lead to arrests of nondrinkers

After eating high-carb meals or taking certain antibiotics, some people complain of a condition that causes dizziness, nausea and a brain fog similar to intoxication or a hangover. Some victims of this condition even claim the malady results in a measurable alcohol level in their blood even when they have consumed no alcohol. While extremely rare, people who believe they suffer from what is known as auto-brewery syndrome may be concerned about how the impending change in Utah's DUI law will affect them.

Utah anchor faced DUI charges after arrest

When police in Utah find a person that they believe is driving in suspicious manner, they often pull the car over. The traffic stop can be for driving too slowly, too quickly, for a broken tail light or for many other reasons. In some cases, drivers are pulled over when officers suspect DUI is the cause of their erratic driving.

Woman charged with DUI after sideswiping patrol car

Police have a difficult and dangerous job, and several new laws have been passed in Utah and across the country to improve the safety of an officer on the job. One of these is the "move over" law, requiring motorists to switch lanes or slow down when passing emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. After a recent incident, however, one woman who apparently failed to move over has been charged with DUI.

New DUI rules coming in Utah

Utah has the lowest rate of drunk driving arrests in the nation. It's also well-known that tourism is one of the leading streams of income for the state. Both of these issues are being addressed with a new law set to take effect at the end of next year. It may increase the number of those arrested for DUI.

Utah's DUI-metabolite law gets backing from state supreme court

Some of Utah's criminal laws -- especially misdemeanors -- have never been challenged in the state's highest court. Most often, this is because doing so is not cost-effective and takes a great deal of time and effort. That is, until recently. The Utah Supreme Court recently issued a ruling upholding the constitutionality of the state's DUI-metabolite law.

Will the Utah legislature bend to the will of the ABI on DUI law?

Some laws passed by the Utah legislature go into effect without much more than a whisper while others meet with intense controversy before they are enacted. One such law previously discussed in this blog on March 17 is intended to lower the state's legal blood alcohol limit to .05 from .08 ("Major change is coming to Utah's DUI laws"). Since that time, the American Beverage Institute and others have begun a campaign aimed at getting the legislature to repeal the law even before its Dec. 30, 2018 effective date.

Defend yourself against a DUI hit and run charge

Hit-and-run accidents happen under a variety of circumstances. However, the state of Utah files charges against hit-and-run drivers based on the belief that most of these crashes are caused by drunk drivers. Therefore, if you failed to remain at the scene of an accident for whatever reason, you could face a DUI hit and run charge.

Shauna Lake suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol

Many Salt Lake City residents are familiar with local news anchor Shauna Lake. As she drove Interstate 215 early one Wednesday morning, a trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol noticed a vehicle driving slower than the posted speed limit in the inside lane of the highway, which is often commonly referred to as the fast lane. The trooper initiated a traffic stop. After speaking with Lake, the trooper suspected her of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prom night party gone wrong: Teen faces DUI and other charges

For most Utah teens, prom night is supposed to be about partying and ending the school year on a high note. Unfortunately, one teen's prom night partying resulted in a devastating crash that killed two passengers, injured two others and caused injury to the driver as well. The now 18-year-old driver faces numerous charges, including DUI, automobile homicide and possession of alcohol by a minor, among others.

Weber County gives new DUI program a test drive

Just being arrested for driving under the influence could cost some people their driver's licenses. This jeopardizes their ability to work and take care of their families. Perhaps a new DUI program that Weber County is taking for a test drive will help rectify this problem.

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