Sen. Dabakis proposes delay of 0.05 drunken limit law with blood-alcohol level at 0.05

Rep. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, seen here in the Senate chambers on Feb. 20. He drank two cocktails to prove a point before Thursday’s 8 a.m. legislative hearing to delay the implementation of Utah’s new 0.05 drunken driving law. (Photo: Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

(KUTV) -- Downing a couple of drinks to prove a point is what Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, did before Thursday’s 8 a.m. legislative hearing to delay the implementation of Utah’s new 0.05 drunken driving law.

“I went out and had breakfast and had two mimosas, and I feel perfectly fine," said Dabakis to the Senate Transportation Committee,

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Dabakis took a Breathalyzer test that showed his blood-alcohol content level was 0.05.

He would be considered legally drunk in Utah with the state law that takes effect Dec. 30, 2018, and lowers the current legally drunk limit from 0.08 to 0.05.

Dabakis offered an alternative bill, Senate Bill 210, that would delay the 0.05 enforcement until three other states enacted the 0.05 limit and more scientific evidence supported the standard.

The committee tabled SB210 with a vote of 3 to 2, but there is a second bill that also proposes the 0.05 imposed standard be delayed being sponsored by Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray.

Her bill would push implementation of the law until 2022, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. That bill will be discussed Friday at 8 a.m. in the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.


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