New law changes IID requirement in Arizona

Along with New Year’s resolutions, Arizona residents have other new things to learn and encounter with the start of a new calendar year. Among these are new laws. Some of these laws may not always be highly publicized so it is easy for some people to not even know about them. Two laws in particular to take note of went into effect Jan. 1, 2017 in Arizona.

Before the start of the new year, all people convicted of an impaired driving offense reportedly faced the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device for at least six months. The IID measures a person’s breath alcohol content but has no means of measuring any impairment by drugs other than alcohol. Now, a new law means that people who were convicted of impaired driving due to drugs may not be required to install an IID.

Another change important to drivers in Arizona is the removal of photo radar on all state highways. A related problem to the use of these cameras was that drivers could have their licenses suspended for lack of responding to a ticket. That these tickets could be literally taped on a person’s residence door which would make it possible that the driver never even receives it. Counties and municipalities, however, are still allowed to use photo radar to track action at signals and speeding.

Arizona residents who are cited or arrested may find it beneficial to talk with an attorney. As laws change, it is important to always have the latest information when dealing with these offenses.

Source:, “Short-term rentals, photo-radar citations affected by new Arizona laws,” Howard Fischer, Jan. 6, 2017