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States Taking New Approaches to Preventing Drunk Driving

In addressing the issue of drunk driving, many states often will copy what others are doing to fight the problem. New Mexico has recently released an app that tells smartphone users when they may have had too much to drink. It is hoped that the app will help reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders on roadways.

Other states have also created apps in an effort to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Giving drivers tools to understand their levels of intoxication may allow them to find designated drivers before they head out for a night on the town.

But states aren't the only ones producing apps aimed at reducing the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. Many private developers have also created apps that can assist those motorists that may have had too much to drink. Some apps can even notify friends of a DUI arrest, and let the friends know where the arrest happened.

Officials are quick to caution that the use of these apps is not a sure way to prevent DUI charges. If stopped by police, and officers uncover evidence of impairment, the driver will still be arrested, even if he or she used an app to check that it was safe to drive.

DUI penalties are constantly getting more severe. Each year states increase the potential consequences of a conviction, and Arizona is no exception. Prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions in DUI cases, because of the dangers of drunk driving.

If facing DUI charges, it is important to understand that penalties increase for repeat offenses. This can mean higher fines and longer jail sentences. If someone is injured or killed as a result of the drunk driving, a conviction can means years in prison.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican "State releases anti-DWI smartphone app" Kate Nash, September 5, 2012.

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