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Utah lawmaker seeks to end DUI checkpoints

David Butterfield's proposal ran into stiff opposition Monday from Utah's law enforcement community


By Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker wants to do away with roadblocks that law enforcement uses to crack down on drunken drivers, saying they are ineffective and infringe on civil liberties.

"As legislators, we have to decide where the balance is," said freshman Rep. David Butterfield, R-Logan. "We have to decide where's the right balance between having every tool at your disposal and protecting civil liberties. And the data I've looked at show they're not effective for reducing DUI [cases]."

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