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Utah on the verge of the toughest drunk-driving standard in the U.S. – .05%

Utah on the verge of the toughest drunk-driving standard in the U.S. – .05%

It’s nearing the last call — at least in Utah — for a definition of drunk driving that’s become the unofficial national standard.

Lawmakers in the state passed a measure last week to lower the legal blood-alcohol concentration for driving from .08% to .05%.

Currently, all 50 states have a .08% cap. Utah would become the first state in the nation to adopt a more stringent standard and, traffic safety advocates hope, encourage other states to do the same.

The National Transportation Safety Board has called on states for years to redefine what constitutes drunk driving. The legislation is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Gary R. Herbert.

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