Monday, October 14 2013, 10:24 PM MDT
Think Tank Wants Lower DUI Standards in Utah
(KUTV) Advocates and a conservative think tank are pushing for harsher liquor laws in Utah. They want to lower the legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol level, arguing it would reduce roadway deaths.
The Salt Lake City-based nonprofit Sutherland Institute wants to lower the limit to 0.05, from 0.08 percent.
James Fell is a senior researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Alcohol, Policy and Safety Research Center in Calverton, Md. He has been invited by the institute to give a presentation to Utah lawmakers on Wednesday.
Fells points out that studies show most people experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions at a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent.
Utah already has some of the most stringent liquor laws in the nation.
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