At approximately 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday, a school bus in Utah was involved in an accident. At the time, only the unidentified driver, a school bus aide and one student, age 13, were on board. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
A conviction for driving under the influence here in Utah can cost you the loss of your driver's license, up to 180 days in jail and thousands in fines. For this reason, the events surrounding your arrest on suspicion of DUI are critical. Therefore, there are some things that you should and should not do if you are pulled over for a traffic stop.
Utah residents may not be aware of statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Halloween is a dangerous holiday for motorists. The numbers indicate that more people die in DUI-related crashes on this holiday than die in the same type of crashes on New Year's Eve. If Halloween is on a Friday or Saturday, those numbers rise by as much as 40 percent.
The holidays are filled with celebrations, and many of the parties that Utah residents attend provide an opportunity to enjoy alcoholic beverages. As most everyone knows, it can be easy to have too much to drink at these types of celebrations, and that increases the risk of someone driving drunk. In recent years, some organizations provide their services free of charge to partygoers to ensure they get home safely and avoid the possibility of being arrested for DUI.
A Utah sheriff's lieutenant was driving himself and four children to a gun range on Feb. 9 in a county vehicle. He ended up crashing the vehicle and being charged with DUI. The lieutenant has since resigned his position.