Bill on Breathalyzers in Bars Advances

Published on March 10, 2014 at 11:49AM

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.