Nation-wide efforts to combat DUI as New Years celebrations begin

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Drunk driving is linked to 29 deaths each day in the United States.

In multiple states across the country government and law enforcement have taking steps to try and stop people from drinking and driving.

Nationally drivers are considered legally drunk at .08 percent, but in Utah now and that number drops to .05. 

Under the new law it’s estimated a woman weighing 120 pounds, will reach .05 after a little more than one drink, which can be 12 ounces of beer, .5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. A 160 pound man will now be considered legally drunk in Utah after just two drinks.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York state police increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving through the end of the year. The enforcement detail is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during this campaign.

In Pennsylvania, a new law will charge repeat DUI offenders with a felony, where previously the repeated offense was considered a misdemeanor. 

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