UTAH .05

On March 23rd of this year, the Governor of Utah signed a bill making it illegal to have a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05 of 1 percent or greater, either at the time you take a chemical breath test or at the time you actually operate a vehicle.  A first or second violation of this law is a misdemeanor.

Every other state, including New York, has a .08 limit.  Utah nevertheless finds itself in illustrious company, according to a paper published by NCBI (the National Center for Biotechnology Information; NCBI is an arm of the National Institutes of Health.)”All states in Australia now have a 0.05 illegal BAC limit. Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have lowered their limit to a 0.05 illegal BAC”

For years, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been advocating a .05 limit, as we discussed in a 2013 entry.