Most Utah drivers are aware by now that the latest version of Utah’s Distracted Driving law goes into effect today. But the news story you heard or the article you read may have set you up to get a ticket. This article will help you make sure you know what you can and can’t do (at least to the extent that the law itself is clear…which is open for debate). Read More
Utah Legislator Lee Perry has introduced a bill in Utah that would make it illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired to the slightest degree by any substance.
Currently, the law prohibits DUI in three ways:
It is illegal to operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle if the person
- Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 grams or greater at the time of operation or actual physical control;
- Has sufficient alcohol in the person’s body that a subsequent chemical test shows that the person has a BAC of .08 grams or greater at the time of the test; OR
- Is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely operating a vehicle.
With the 2014 Super Bowl approaching everybody is preparing for a weekend of relaxing and parties. The Utah Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are preparing as well. With the high likelihood that alcohol will be served at many Super Bowl parties the cops will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. AAA Utah has extended a helping hand this year to help you avoid a DUI charge and help keep the roads safe. Take it from a DUI Attorney in Salt Lake, it is definitely worth taking AAA up on their offer rather than suffering the high cost of a DUI in Utah. Read More
If you haven’t heard yet: Justin Bieber was arrested early this morning in Florida for DUI. You can find officer Medina’s account in the police report here. According to police, Bieber was observed drag racing his Lamborghini at 4:30 this morning. When Medina stopped him he could immediately smell an odor of alcohol emanating from the driver’s breath. Medina asked Bieber to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Bieber became uncooperative when Medina required him to place his hands on his car to check for weapons and swore at the officer a few times. Medina then arrested Bieber and transported him to the police station. Read More
An off duty Orlando Police Officer, Sean Gilhuly, was arrested Sunday for DUI and Criminal Mischief. A witness called 911 when a white Ford Explorer sat through two green-light cycles. The caller described the driver as being drunk, high, or something. Police responded to the scene where they found an open bottle of peach schnapps in the officer’s vehicle. You can find the story here. Read More