DPS Statement on the Passing of HB265 and HB155

Media contact:

Marissa Cote, Director of Public Relations

Utah Department of Public Safety

SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2017) — With the passing of House Bill 265, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) greatly appreciates the effort of the Utah State Legislature put forth to work through this policy decision. DPS has provided information throughout this process and supports the decision of the legislature.

“Over the past couple of years our Legislature has closely examined the state’s safety inspection program. We appreciate their support throughout this process and approve of this policy decision by the legislature,” said Keith D. Squires, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety.  “I’m confident that the continued enforcement of equipment violations, along with educational efforts by our Utah Highway Patrol and all law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will help ensure that motorists keep their vehicles in safe working condition.”

Along with keeping motorists safe, we are grateful that HB265 will continue to support the Utah Highway Patrol’s (UHP) highway and traffic safety efforts.

DPS is also pleased with the decision within HB265 to make the primary seat belt law permanent. In the state of Utah approximately 50% of motor vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt. Seat belt use and compliance is essential to our effort in reducing traffic related fatalities.

DPS will be working closely with all stakeholders in the coming year to implement the changes HB265 will make to the state safety inspection program.

In response to the passing of House Bill 155, DPS is aware of the changes which will be implemented through HB155. We do not expect a significant change for law enforcement with the implementation of a .05 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit. Law enforcement officers in Utah, consistent with national standard, are trained to make arrests for DUI based on impairment and the inability to safely operate a motor vehicle. We will work closely with all stakeholders as this change is implemented.

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