American Beverage Institute compares Utah’s .05 DUI law to 'Driving While Older'

by Sara Weber, KUTV

(KUTV) In a full-page advertisement set to debut tomorrow, the American Beverage Institute compares Utah's new .05 DUI impairment law to driving while old. 

The restaurant trade association cites research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that claims drivers older than 65 are "more impaired than a driver with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .05."

The advertisement features photos of 11 Utah lawmakers over the age of 65 and asks, "If Utah legislators believed drivers at .05 should go to jails, should those over 65 be arrested for DWO (Driving While Older)?"

The lawmakers include:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert
  • Rep. R. Curt Webb
  • Rep. Marie Poulson 
  • Rep. Stephen Hardy 
  • Rep. Carl Albrecht
  • Rep. V. Lowry Snow
  • Rep. Christine Watkins
  • Sen. Lyle Hillyard
  • Sen. Peter Knudson
  • Sen. Don Ipson
  • Sen. Allen Christensen

Herbert signed a law on March 23 lowering the legal Blood Alcohol Content limit from .08 to .05, the lowest DUI limit in the nation. 

Utah Senator Jim Dabakis D-Salt Lake tweeted his response to the ad on Tuesday stating, "I am appalled and outraged that they would put out this ad! Outraged!"

See the ad here