Eliason says last year nearly a third of DUI offenders in Salt Lake City didn’t spend any time in jail, instead that got sentenced to community service or home confinement.
Home confinement is simply wearing an ankle bracelet that allows you still to go to work, to school or to church,” Eliason says. “I’m not sure what the punishment factor is, frankly.”
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D- Salt Lake City, noted that this legislation along with the legislature is also likely to pass a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol content to .05, and wondered how the two bills, if both passed, could have unintended consequences.
“And I’m worried about the implications that come as we harden the punishments,” he says.
Governor Herbert signed this bill on March 28, 2017.