Arizona Legislature proudly passed the strictest DUI laws in the country and began enforcement last year.
The legal limit for blood-alcohol content (BAC) is now .08 percent in Arizona and punishment for DUI conviction has become more severe. Under the new law, a first-time DUI offender in Arizona may be required to install an ignition-interlock device in the car. This device reads the driver’s BAC before the engine will start.
Another major change to Arizona DUI laws is the elimination of a certain quantitative BAC requirement to charge the driver with DUI. Drivers have been charged with DUI with a BAC as low as .06 percent. Some critics of the Arizona DUI laws have claimed that they are too ambiguous, allowing police officers to have too much power.
If you are pulled over for DUI in Arizona, the police officer will ask you to submit to sobriety tests and will use the evidence collected against you. The police officer will take notes as you perform certain tasks and if you appear to be intoxicated, you may be arrested for DUI.
Drinking and driving is a problem in Arizona. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that more than 30 percent of traffic fatalities in Arizona are related to alcohol. People are encouraged to designate a driver, call a taxi or use public transportation, but that is not always an option. Arizona’s public transportation system does not run late enough for many people and taxis can get expensive. For example, the last bus leaving Tempe departs at 1:00 AM. Increasing the hours of public transportation may be one way to lower the number of drunk driving accidents in Arizona.
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