It's official: Utah has approved the lowest blood-alcohol driving limit in the country.
Here's what you need to know — in seven numbers — about the new law.
It will become the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving in the state.
In approving the new limit, Utah is the lone state in compliance with recommendations from a 2013
The unofficial national BAC standard. Every state — besides, of course, Utah — has eschewed suggestions from the NTSB to redefine what constitutes drunk driving.
The number of people who die every day nationally in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It's the limit in Poland. Indeed, in many European countries, the BAC limit is lower than .08%.
The percentage of Utah residents belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faith that prohibits the use of alcohol. The state’s unique demographics explain why Utah has a complicated relationship with alcohol. (Gov.
During the legislative session, which ended this month, lawmakers addressed several issues centered on alcohol.
Among them was a 2009 law that required restaurants to erect a wall or partition — known as a "Zion curtain" to locals — to shield patrons from seeing alcohol being mixed, poured or prepared. Many restaurant owners hated the law. In a compromise proposal passed this year, restaurants would be allowed to stop using the Zion curtain if they set up a child-free buffer zone around their bar.
The amount Utah generated in liquor sales in 2015 — a sign that, despite the presence of the Mormon Church, plenty of state residents or visitors partake of a drink now and then. According to the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 2015 booze sales were about $29 million higher than those in 2014, which hit $367.2 million.
The date Herbert signed the .05% bill into law. It's set to take effect in December 2018.