ALL NEWS

Utah Highway Patrol responds to DUI monitoring mandate

Nov 29, 2021, 4:09 PM | Updated: Nov 30, 2021, 9:28 am
DUI monitoring mandate...
FILE Photo: Credit, Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Part of the newly passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a mandate that requires DUI monitoring devices to be built into all new cars beginning in 2026.

And at least for now, officials from the Utah Highway Patrol say they are on board with the DUI monitoring mandate.

“We’ve seen a lot of wrong-way crashes this year,” said the UHP’s Major Jeff Nigbur, “have seen impaired driving fatalities and some significant wrong-way vehicles on the freeway due to impairment.”

Nigbur said that last year in Utah, the UHP saw about five alcohol-related crashes every day.

It isn’t known exactly what kind of technology would be placed inside new cars. One under consideration is an infrared sensor that would detect blood alcohol levels in the skin. If the number is too high, the car won’t move. 

There is one concern that Major Nigbur mentioned, and that’s who will have access to the information the car compiles.

“Let’s say we stopped a car with probable cause, we arrest the driver for probable DUI, we run through the standard (field sobriety tests), and later on down the road in court, would we be able, maybe through a warrant, maybe through some other process or processes, to access that information?”

The Associated Press reports that a final decision about the best anti-DUI technology to install would come from the US Transportation Department.

Other reading:

Today’s Top Stories

All News

FILE: The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Sat...
Devin Oldroyd

Body found in Arches National Park Saturday

rand County Sheriff's Office reports the body of a female was found in Arches National Park Saturday, Oct. 1.
1 day ago
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that he will vote against any potential congressional d...
Devan Cole, CNN

Rubio vows to oppose potential Hurricane Ian aid package if lawmakers ‘load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm’

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he will vote against any potential congressional disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Ian if lawmakers "load it up with stuff that's unrelated to the storm."
1 day ago
Photo credit: Lisa Wall Jones...
Devin Oldroyd

Fatal car crash closes southbound I-15 in Washington County

Southbound I-15 closed at mile marker 34, following a fatal car crash Sunday. Closure time is estimated to be two to three hours.
1 day ago
The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of Grand County. Photo c...
Devin Oldroyd

NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning in Grand County

The National Weather Service sent out a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of Grand County. Half-dollar-sized hail is being reported.
1 day ago
Temple Square...
Devin Oldroyd

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces the construction of 18 new temples

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the construction of 18 new temples.
1 day ago
The new monuments at This is the place heritage park....
Devin Oldroyd

Progress in 175 years: Discovering new stories of Utah’s pioneers

Mary Richards with the Church News returns to KSL NewsRadio to celebrate lesser-known stories of Utah Pioneers
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Utah Highway Patrol responds to DUI monitoring mandate