Breathalyzer in bars across Utah to be proposed by lawmaker

Breathalyzer in bars across Utah is an upcoming proposal by Draper representative Greg Hughes to curb road accidents due to drunk driving.

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The Associated Press via Yahoo! News reports that the measure will pave way for the installation of devices that bargoers, specially young drinkers, can use to test alcohol intake level.

It won't be compulsory for bar and club owners to install breathalyzer vending machines, Hughes reportedly said, but it would ensure that their businesses aren't held responsible for customers who decide to drive despite failing a breath test.

According to the AP report, the solon will propose that usage of the device would be optional for drinkers, and no law enforcers will be given access to collected data.

The report said DUI arrests in Utah declined after 2010, the year when about ten percent of fatal vehicular accidents occured due to drunk driving.

The bill, which is expected to be filed by Hughes next week, would help keep that figure at an even lower level.