The new law aimed at those who are suspected of driving under the influence in Utah is not scheduled to go into effect until the end of 2018, but it is still garnering intense debate, both in the legislature and throughout the state. A .08 blood alcohol content is widely accepted across the country as the standard for DUI. Recently, state lawmakers voted to reduce the BAC from .08 to .05, but some lawmakers are having second thoughts.
Serious accidents can take place due to any number of factors. In some cases, police officers responding to the accident may suspect that a driver is under the influence and that alcohol contributed to the crash. When this type of suspicion arises, a driver could potentially face legal trouble and have charges for DUI brought against him or her.
One man in Utah will undoubtedly be exploring his defense options after recently being charged. Reports stated that the man was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed into a home. Emergency crews arrived at the scene, and the man was taken to an area hospital due to suffering injuries in the incident. However, he was also under suspicion for DUI.
Though allegations of driving under the influence are relatively common, each person facing such charges may have a unique perspective on their cases. One woman in Utah was recently charged with DUI, and as a result, she may wish to determine her best options for addressing those allegations. The charges stem from an event in which she was reportedly driving the wrong way on the Interstate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.