DUI in Utah: The Good and The Bad
In 2012, the Utah Highway Patrol shifted its focus from the previous year of enforcing drunk driving laws to issuing speeding tickets and seat belt violations. So naturally, the number of DUIs in Utah fell. In 2011, there were 13,816 DUI arrests in Utah, while 2012 only experienced 13,031–785 fewer arrests. At first glance, it seems good that the number of DUI arrests was down.
However, during the last year, they have watched the number of deaths related to driving under the influence increase 56%, from 25 to 39. They attribute that rise to their change in focus from DUI enforcement to tickets for speeding and not wearing seat belts.
Therefore, UHP Superintendent Daniel Fuhr told the Legislature yesterday that the UHP will return to emphasizing DUI enforcement in 2013. Other salient points to come from the research are:
- The number of DUI arrests in Utah fell from 13816 to 13031 from July 2011 to June 2012
- 68% of those DUI arrests were first-time offenders, and
- 72% of the DUI arrests were from along the Wasatch Front (not surprising, since that’s the population center)
Read the complete story: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55101428-78/dui-percent-arrests-enforcement.html.csp. Watch http://www.justice.utah.gov for the forthcoming publication of the complete DUI report to the Legislature.