Dabakis launches petition asking Gov. Herbert to veto new DUI limit law

Written by Mori Kessler

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.