Utah House advances bill on Breathalyzers in bars



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have approved a bill setting standards for bars installing Breathalyzers and similar devices.

The House voted 72-1 Monday to approve the measure from Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes.

The bill stirred controversy after Hughes told members of the media he was considering requiring them in all bars.

Hughes's measure now lets bars choose whether to put up the devices, but it prohibits the machines from storing patrons' credit card information after they pay to use them. It also prevents police from gaining access to the data collected.

Hughes says the devices could make roads safer by helping drinkers determine whether they are fit to drive.

But critics say they could have the opposite effect, encouraging patrons to outdrink each other.

The bill goes to the Senate.

___

Online:

HB 190: http://1.usa.gov/MR8cQj

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags

U.S.
The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast