Utah is cracking down on drinking and driving in a big way. Come December 30th, the state will implement the strictest DUI standard in the country.
Just one day before New Year’s Eve, the blood-alcohol (BAC) content limit will lower to 0.05 for Utah drivers. Across the rest of the United States, driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher is illegal for anyone above 21.
Experts have deemed that at .08% — or approximately four drinks in — a drivers’ “concentration, memory, speed control, perception and ability to process visuals and signals are all impaired.” So, it makes sense, to some degree, for Utah to pick a BAC level under that amount.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Bella Dinh-Zarr, the only way to prevent alcohol-related accidents and casualties is by totally separating drinking from driving. Obviously.
“It truly saves lives…” she says.