People in Arizona should know that the laws concerning drunk driving in their state are among the strictest in the nation. That makes it important for all drivers to be aware of the procedures that are related to traffic stops in which impairment may be believed to be involved as well as the penalties that can result if convictions are achieved for a DUI offense. From the requirement to take a breath test or a blood test and more, there are many complicated facets to these situations.
During the holiday time, it can be even more imperative to be aware of law enforcement efforts to crack down on drunk driving. A recent report indicates that a definite increase in vigilance will be in play during the month and through New Year’s. The Governor-elect recently gave a public statement indicating this and touting the state’s overall efforts to reduce the instances of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Data shows that in 2013, more than 4,400 drivers were stopped on suspicion of drunk driving over the holiday period that spanned from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That was an increase in the number of drivers stopped the prior year for the same reason. Over the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday alone, roughly 600 DUI arrests were made in Arizona.
With penalties for DUI convictions involving high fines, the required use of ignition interlock devices, jail time and more, taking care to avoid such situations is important. If stopped or cited for any impaired driving offense, talking to a lawyer may be one way to get help.
Source: AZCentral.com, “Arizona leaders tout holiday DUI enforcement,” Aubrey McCleve, November 25, 2014