Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Breathalyzer in bars: Utah could put devices straight into bars

See also

A lawmaker in Utah is hoping that a bill designed to put breathalyzers in bars will pass and help cut down on drunken driving, according to the Herald Extra on Feb. 14, 2014. Breathalyzers and similar devices could end up popping up in bars across Utah under the proposal that has been put forth by Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes.

"It makes good sense," he said today.

Hughes believes that younger drinkers still learning their limits could truly benefit from from the breathalyzers in bars. They will surely not miss them if they're sitting near dart boards, pool tables, and juke boxes.

A number of bar owners are hesitant to back the bull as they wonder just how well the breathalyzers will actually read alcohol levels in a person's blood stream. The devices can also run a hefty price tag of up to $1,000.

Hughes has let it be known that measure will not require any establishments to install the breathalyzers in their bars. It will also not hold a business responsible for customers that may fail a breath test and still decide to drive.

It has also been said that police would not have access to any data collected on the machines.

"Somebody could feel they shouldn't be driving but the number says 0.08, which is right on the border, so maybe they'll go and they shouldn't go," bar owner Bob McCarthy said.

McCarthy believes that if drinkers see something like that, they want to try and challenge the reading and drive anyway.

Hughes hopes to have the breathalyzers in bars bill ready by sometime the upcoming week.

"It's not illegal to drink in the state of Utah," Hughes told reporters earlier in the week. "It's not illegal to drink and operate a vehicle" with an alcohol level below the legal cutoff. But, he added, "How does a consumer know where they're at, exactly? I think it makes sense."

For e-mail updates whenever a new article is posted, please subscribe at the bottom of the page and follow me on Twitter, GoogleBuzz, or join my group on Facebook and Celebrity Buzz.

Advertisement

News

  •  One year later
    How victims have recovered a year after the Boston Marathon bombing
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Tax day freebies
    Everyone dreads tax day, but some businesses are offering deals today only
    Tax Day
  • Obamacare savings
    The rollout of Obamacare will cost $104 billion less than previously projected
    Top News
  • Blood Moon
    The first of four 'Blood Moons' came and went; is it the beginning of the end for mankind?
    Headlines
  • Arrest for threatening tweet
    A 14-year-old girl is arrested for issuing a threatening tweet towards American Airlines
    Strange News
  • Pistorius cross examination concludes
    Oscar Pistorius sheds more tears during the trial's final cross examination
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!