Study: Fewer crashes after Utah sets strictest DUI law in US
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say car crashes and traffic deaths dropped in Utah after the state enacted the nation’s strictest drunken driving laws.
A study published Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests Utah’s roads became safer after the state lowered the drunken driving threshold to .05% blood-alcohol content.
Crash and fatality rates fell in neighboring states but not as significantly as they did in Utah.
In a state where politics is heavily influenced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the findings are a victory for lawmakers who argued the change was about safety, not religion.
The state lowered the threshold over tourism industry objections.
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