Utah's DUI Laws
During the last legislative session, the Utah legislature passed a bill that increases penalties for driving under the influence. On holidays like the 4th of July and New Year's Eve, the Utah Highway Patrol often increases its presence on Utah's roads and highways to find impaired drivers and prevent them from continuing to drive while intoxicated. In fact, Utah Highway Patrol states on its website that "removing impaired drivers from Utah’s highways is the Utah Highway Patrol’s number one priority. Every effort will be made to educate the public regarding the hazards associated with driving while impaired. Action will be taken to increase the likelihood of apprehension."
While you should always be aware of these laws, here's a list of some of Utah's DUI laws to keep in mind over the New Year:
- If you are 21 or older and are arrested for your first DUI, your license will be suspended for 120 days.
- If you are under 21 at the time of your DUI arrest, your license will be suspended for 120 days or until you turn 21, whichever is longer.
- If you are 21 or older and are arrested for a second DUI, your license will be revoked for 2 years.
- If you are under 21 and are arrested for a second DUI, your license will be revoked for 2 years or until you turn 21, whichever is longer.
More information about DUI offenses are found in the state Traffic Code. The Utah Department of Public Safety has more information about DUI laws in Utah. If you have been issued a DUI citation or any other traffic ticket, Highway Patrol has information about citations.