Legislators in Utah have revisited the merit of lowering the blood alcohol content limit for drivers to 0.05% after a previously proposed bill to do this was shot down by alcohol lobby groups in 2017. This has unsurprisingly angered the lobbies once more. The American Beverage Institute (ABI) launched a retaliatory campaign painting Utah as overly strict, parading the phrase “Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation” and calling Utah Governor Gary Herbert out by name in full-page ads. ABI argues that focusing on milder levels of drinking and driving will distract law enforcement from the reckless drunk drivers and repeat offenders. However, research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has shown that a driver with a BAC level between 0.05 and 0.079 has at least 7x the risk of dying in a single-vehicle crash than someone with no alcohol in their system. Furthermore, they point out that other countries who have made the switch have seen numbers of fatalities fall across the entire BAC spectrum. Read more here.