Alcohol-related accidents have been extremely increasing in Arizona. It is right time that the Arizona legislators have taken precautionary measures to avoid such accidents in future. Last year Arizona ranked sixth in the nation for alcohol-related deaths. On September 19, 2007 the new DUI law, targeted on first time DUI offenders – “super extreme”, came into effect in Arizona which was signed into law by Governor Janet Napolitano on 18 May of 2007. It is now convincing that Arizona has become one of the toughest DUI laws in the country.
NEW DUI LAW:
According to the new law, if you are convicted of DUI with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you will be legally required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Having the device installed in your vehicle’s ignition, you are required to provide your breath sample before every time you start your vehicle. If the device detects alcohol in your breath, your vehicle will not start. Even while driving you are required to provide your breath sample periodically, so as to make sure that you are sober. If you do not provide your breath sample or if your breath sample exceeds the already programmed BAC of your ignition interlock device, it warns you, logs the event and starts up an alarm until the ignition is turned off.
On the other hand, if you are arrested for DUI with a BAC of 0.20% or higher, you will be regarded as “super extreme” and you will be forced to spend a mandatory 45 days in jail which cannot be suspended by a judge.
Previously, the ignition interlock device were only meant for those convicted of extreme or repeat DUI. But the current law requires interlock device for all DUI offenders. This new DUI law is formed in Arizona after when New Mexico’s alcohol-related fatalities decreased to 12% on the enactment of ignition interlock law.
Arizona DUI law only gets tougher each year. Tougher DUI laws means fighting DUI even harder. So, it is safe not to drive when drunk.