In addition to Utah's quirky drink-mixing laws, the state is about to lower its legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 – the lowest in the nation.Some business owners are saying it will hurt the bottom line.“It makes it that much harder for people to make the decision to even purchase that one drink,” Baruffi said.That can affect our tax base as we rely on food sales.”But the bill’s backers say the measure isn’t about frustrating those who drink, it’s about protecting the state’s drivers.
For example, California, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, and New York reserve their harshest statutory rape penalty for offenders who are age 21 or older.(1) If the minor is under age 15, five years in prison; (2) if the offender is at least age 18 or is tried as an adult and the minor was age 12 or younger, life in prison and the offender is ineligible for release until serving 35 years; (3) if the offender is at least 18 or tried as an adult and the victim is age 12, 13, or 14, the presumptive sentence is 20 years; or (4) if the minor is at least age 15, it is punishable by one year in prison Sexual assault to knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim (1) under age 15 if the actor is at least four years older or (2) at least 15 years old but less than 17 years old and the actor is at least 10 years older.
Statutory rape to sexually penetrate a person at least age 13 but less than age 18 if the actor is at least four years older than the victim.
Any actor under age 18 must be tried as a juvenile and cannot be transferred to adult court.
Gary Herbert a measure lowering the state’s legal threshold for drunken driving to a .05 percent blood-alcohol content Wednesday – a bill that will make Utah’s DUI threshold the lowest in the nation if Herbert signs it into law as expected.
Herbert’s public information officer, Kirsten Rappleye, said in an emailed statement Thursday that the governor “is supportive” of the bill as well as a companion measure legislators approved Wednesday that will ease the “Zion Curtain” barrier requirements for restaurants that serve alcohol.“He doesn’t have an expected signing timeline yet, except that he must sign within 20 days of the session adjourning (on Thursday),” Rappleye wrote.