Washington D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) documents the 10,000th signature on a petition urging Utah lawmakers to reconsider and repeal the recent passage of the .05 blood-alcohol arrest level. The state legislature will have the opportunity to make that desire a reality during the upcoming special legislative session and supplemental committee hearings that aim to address the unintended consequences of the law.

Read the full language of the petition here.

Sarah Longwell, the managing director of ABI, released the following statement:

It’s obvious that the general public in Utah—especially those in the restaurant and tourism industries—are opposed to the decision of state lawmakers to lower the blood-alcohol arrest level to .05. The opposition began with the bill’s introduction, but many were caught off guard and didn’t have the opportunity to fully voice their concerns. But even so, as the legislation was awaiting the governor’s signature, thousands of Utahns urged Gov. Herbert to veto the bill by a margin of 9 to 1, and according to a Utah Policy poll a majority of those living in the state opposed the measure. But the governor didn’t listen, which is why ABI continues to aggressively push for a full repeal of the law in an upcoming special legislative session. We have also started a petition on behalf of Utahns so their opposition can be heard all the way in Salt Lake City. In under a month, we’ve reached over 10,000 signatures and that number will only continue to climb as more constituent voices are heard.

In Depth on the Issue

Lowering the Blood-Alcohol Arrest Level

ABI strongly opposes lowering the blood-alcohol arrest level. The move is an attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries and converts their responsible patrons into criminals. Don’t allow your state legislature or municipality to be fooled by a false narrative linking a lower BAC arrest threshold with increased traffic safety.
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