2014 Utah DUI Proposed Law Changes–Very Scary

Yesterday, Rep Lee Perry, proposed changes to the current DUI Law.  Right now, there are three ways to violate the Utah DUI Law when it comes to alcohol and drugs.  First, you are over an alcohol level of .08 at the time of driving.  Second, you are over an alcohol level of .08 at the time when a chemical test is given after driving.  Third, you are impaired by drugs or alcohol or a combination of  both to the extend that you cannot safely drive a vehicle.  The proposal is to change the third prong and to change it drastically.  The proposal to is to change the language of the third prong to “impaired to the slightest degree”.  Further, the proposed language includes “impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol, drugs, or ANY SUBSTANCE.”  This language is so far overreaching that anyone pulled over could be said to be “impaired to the slightest degree by any substance.”  Caffeine can impair to the slightest degree.  Tylenol can impair to the slightest degree.  Advil can impair to the slightest degree.  Turkey contains a well known substance called tryptophan, which can impair you to the slightest degree by making you tired.  It is interesting that the LDS Church leaders have said the laws do not need to be changed.  What this law would do is put law abiding citizens at risk of being arrested who may or may not have something in their system.  How hard would it be to prove someone is impaired to the “slightest degree” and allege “any substance”.  This is a bill that should not pass or progress any farther.  Keep an eye on HB 303, its dangerous.

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