ST. GEORGE – Not exactly thrilled about Utah’s pending law lowering the DUI limit to 0.05? Well, you’re not the only one. One state senator has created a petition asking the governor to veto the bill when it crosses his desk.
“I think Utah is making a very, very big mistake and the only person who can stop that mistake is Gov. (Gary) Herbert,” Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Salt Lake City said Wednesday.
In its final week the Legislature passed a bill that would lower the state’s blood alcohol content limit from 0.08 to 0.05. The argument supporting the change is that the new limit will ultimately save lives by getting people to change their attitudes and habits related to drinking and driving.
Basically, if you choose to imbibe, best not to think much about driving at all and leave it in the hands of someone else.
Utah’s lowering the BAC limit is supported by the National Transportation Safety Board which has advocated for a 0.05 limit nationwide since 2013.
Dabakis’ online petition went live Monday and has garnered between 7,000 and 8,000 signatures so far, he said Wednesday.
While the petition does not have a solid deadline, Dabakis said, it will be delivered to Herbert “soon.” The governor has until March 29 to sign or veto the 500-plus bills passed by Utah lawmakers during the legislative session.I think this will have a dramatic affect on tourism and economic development
“I think this will have a dramatic affect on tourism and economic development,” Dabakis said.
Dabakis also released a video on his Facebook page Wednesday evening detailing his issues with the lower DUI limit.