A DUI is a major offense that can have lasting consequences. Getting one over the New Year’s holiday not only puts people at risk but endangers others too. Read this article to find out how you can avoid getting a DUI this New Year’s in Utah, whether it’s by design or accident.

A summary of DUI Laws in Utah

In Utah, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. If you are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you will be charged with DUI. The penalties for DUI in Utah include jail time, fines, and the suspension of your driver’s license. For commercial drivers and drivers under 21 years old, the limit is lower at .04% BAC. If your BAC is above the legal limit, you will be charged with a DUI. If you are arrested for a DUI, you will be required to take a blood or breath test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC).  Learn more regarding Utah law here.

To avoid being charged with DUI in Utah, it is important to not drink any alcohol before driving. If you are going to be drinking, make sure to have a designated driver who will not be drinking.

What you need to know

There are a few ways to avoid getting pulled over in the first place. Make sure your car is in good working order- all lights should be functioning properly and your tires should be inflated correctly. Drive the speed limit and obey all traffic laws. And finally, don’t give the police any reason to pull you over by acting suspicious or behaving erratically.

If you do find yourself pulled over, remain calm and polite. Don’t offer any information beyond what is asked of you- no matter how innocent it may seem. And remember, you always have the right to remain silent and ask for your attorney.

Planning Your Trip

When you are planning your trip to and/or around Utah this New Years, there are a few things you can do to avoid getting a DUI. First, if you are going to be consuming alcohol, be sure to plan ahead and have a designated driver. If you do not have a designated driver, consider using public transportation or taking a taxi.

Second, be aware of your surroundings and know when it is time to stop drinking. If you are at a party or in a bar, pay attention to how much alcohol you are consuming and how quickly you are drinking it. It is easy to lose track of time and drinks when you are having fun, but it is important to stay safe and not drink too much.

Third, know your limit. Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently, so what may be safe for one person may not be safe for another. Be sure to paced yourself throughout the night and know when it is time to stop drinking. If you feel like you are getting buzzed or tipsy, it is probably time to cut yourself off.

Fourth, always have a backup plan. If for some reason you find yourself without a designated driver or sober friend, know how you will get home safely before the night begins. Have the number of a local taxi service saved in your phone so that you can call for a ride if needed.

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that you will have a safe and enjoyable New Years in Utah!