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New twists offered to Utah’s DUI, seat belt laws

Rep. Lee Perry, a Utah Highway Patrol lieutenant, doesn’t like it when drunken drivers use legal loopholes to escape conviction. And he also doesn’t like it when other legislators keep shooting down bills to toughen seat-belt laws by contending they would interfere with personal freedom.


So Thursday, the Republican introduced bills with new twists to attack both problems.


His HB303 would reword the state’s DUI law. Currently the law bans driving “under the influence” of alcohol or drugs “to a degree that renders a person incapable of safely operating a vehicle.”

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