(Deseret News) Utah should lower its legal drunk driving limit from the current .08 percent blood-alcohol level to .05 or less. That has been the position of this newspaper for 20 years or more.
We are glad Utah lawmakers will receive a presentation on the benefits of such a move when they meet in October interim meetings. Utah has the opportunity to lead out on such a reduction, nudging other states to adopt standards similar to what exist in many foreign countries.
The Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative think tank, has invited James Fell to make this case to lawmakers. Fell is senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Alcohol, Policy and Safety Research Center in Calverton, Md. He is expected to share data that shows how cognitive and visual functions deteriorate when a person has a blood alcohol level of .05 or higher.
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