TZD Traffic Safety Hotdish: Utah’s Experiment in Saving Lives

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

About the Event

Utah is the first state in the country to adopt .05 BAC as the per se level for driving under the influence. In this presentation, speakers from the Utah Prosecution Council and the Utah Highway Patrol discussed how the state got there and how things are going.

Event Materials


Sgt. Cornia
Sgt. Cornia
Tyson Skeen
Tyson Skeen

Tyson Skeen was selected as the Utah Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) in 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University and is a graduate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. During law school, he clerked for the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office-District of Utah and the Criminal Division of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. He has practices as a defense attorney at the Utah County Public Defender Association, as a prosecutor for Salt Lake City, and as the unit chief for the City of West Jordan. Since becoming Utah’s TSRP, Skeen has trained thousands of prosecutors, police officers, judges, and other traffic safety partners.

Sgt. Jared Cornia is a 14-year veteran of the Utah Highway Patrol and is currently assigned to the training section as the breath alcohol supervisor, DRE state coordinator, and Honor Guard Commander. Sgt. Cornia received a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and is currently working on a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Utah University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and a United States Marine Corps veteran.


Attendees are eligible for 1.25 Professional Development Hours. Download the PDH form (PDF) for your records.

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This event was offered by the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Program and the Minnesota Departments of Health, Public Safety, and Transportation, with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was hosted by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies.