‘Trib Talk’: Navigating Utah’s new 0.05 DUI law

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Kelley Jensen, checks out a vehicle, during the Highway Patrol DUI Blitz. Jensen and 57 other officers hit the road to enforce Utah's new DUI law, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

On Sunday, Utah became the first state in the nation to lower its drunk-driving limit to a blood alcohol content level of 0.05 percent or higher.

The change, endorsed by the National Transportation Safety Board, is intended to discourage drunk driving at any level of intoxication. But critics argue the strict law targets responsible drinkers while doing little to prevent DUI fatalities, most of which are the result of drivers who are well in excess of the previous 0.08 limit.

On this week’s “Trib Talk," Tribune reporter Kathy Stephenson and Salt Lake City defense attorney Jason Schatz join Benjamin Wood to discuss Utah’s new DUI law and the rights of Utahns suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Trib Talk” is produced by Sara Weber with additional editing by Dan Harrie. Comments and feedback can be sent to tribtalk@sltrib.com, or to @bjaminwood or @tribtalk on Twitter.

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