WASHINGTON COUNTY — If you noticed an exceptional amount of DUI arrests on the Washington County bookings page this weekend, you are not alone and can be proud of your rather observant eye. The bulk of DUI arrests is the result of the Utah Highway Patrol DUI Squad who paid a visit to Washington County this past Friday and Saturday night to target people driving under the influence.
Over the course of two days, the UHP DUI Squad nabbed 15 individuals for DUI and one person for not a drop, UHP spokeswoman Jalaine Hawkes said.
UHP troopers, during this sort of operation, do not alter their usual tactics to catch impaired drivers, but rather, the squad’s only job is targeting impaired drivers, Hawkes said. They don’t answer any other call, such as an accident, giving the squad a chance to focus on the specific task.
“The squad’s main purpose is to reduce alcohol-related fatalities,” Hawkes said. “Our goal is zero fatalities.”
The UHP DUI Squad visits various parts of Utah for two-day trips to implement the DUI enforcement coordinations. They don’t have a specific schedule but do contact the local agencies beforehand. They may design a plan when a city or town is hosting a special event or during holidays.
According to Utah State Legislature, under code 41-6a-502, “a person may not operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state if the person: has sufficient alcohol in the person’s body that a subsequent chemical test shows that the person has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 grams or greater at the time of the test.”
When alcohol is consumed driving skills are impaired and the more alcohol consumed, the more impaired driving skills will be. Most states set the blood alcohol content limit for adults who drive after drinking at 0.08 or 0.10 percent, but impairment of driving skills begins at much lower levels.
- 41-6a-502 – Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both
- Information regarding DUI sentencing
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