SALT LAKE CITY -A Salt Lake County lawmaker wants a breathalyzer device in every bar or club that sells alcohol, with the idea of helping patrons be smarter about the choices they make when they drink.
Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said he will run legislation to put breathalyzers or vending machine with the device in every alcohol-serving business in the state. The bill, which is still being drafted, will consumers make smarter choices. He said he is working with various stakeholders to finalize the language of the bill.
He said there are speed limits on roads, speedometers in every vehicle and it makes sense to have on-premise equipment to help patrons get their blood alcohol level.
"It's clear it's not illegal to drink in the state of Utah and it's not illegal to drive. How does a consumer know where they're at? I think this makes sense," Hughes said of his proposal.
One of the issues being kicked around is how to incentivize clubs and bars to offer the equipment, he said. He suggested having a vending machine with breathalyzers on site could be a means of mitigating a violation against an establishment. He said he does not want to mandate the equipment.
The GOP leader also said there are liability concerns to be worked out. He doesn't want test results to be used against a patron or to be a permanent record that is stored and accessible.
He said having the equipment on location would be a smart practice.
"I think its good public policy," Hughes said.