Saturday, December 15, 2018

Dropping the Limit

The Hill reports Utah has passed a new anti-DUI law which drops the permissable blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. Hat tip to Drudge Report for the link. This in spite of the following preexisting condition:
Utah had the lowest number of traffic deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers of any state, about 19 percent, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.a
Interestingly, the article fails to mention the predominance of LDS adherents in Utah (AP: “nearly 62 percent”) and that church’s unwavering opposition to any consumption of alcohol. Clearly more than a coincidence.

This report will be viewed with jaundiced eyes in western Wyoming. Our conventional wisdom is to be leery of cars with UT plates, as they tend to be driven by the inebriated, far enough from home to drink without being seen by shaming neighbors.