After legislation passed last week, the state of Utah will likely soon be the strictest DUI enforcer in the nation. The measure brings the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers down to .05% from .08%, which is generally standard in the U.S. Pending anticipated approval by the governor, it would go into effect on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Why .05%?

Well, that’s been the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for years. The precise number is based on a number of studies that pinpoint .05% as the point at which subjects begin to display impaired driving skills.

Okay, but what does .05% look like for most people?

It depends on your size, what you’ve eaten, how your body processes alcohol, and more, but essentially, one to two drinks. If you’re a petite woman, one drink could easily put you over the limit! Be careful with false equivalencies, too. For instance, there’s a huge variety in the alcohol content of craft beer these days, so your “one drink” might not match the technical definition.

We’ll be interested to see if more states eventually follow suit with the tighter restrictions – but regardless, know your state laws and don’t drink and drive!

Manufacturing and selling alcohol in Texas is tricky when you have to navigate so many rules. We’re here to help make things simple for you though, so let us know what we can do!

SOURCE: Men’s Journal.