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The effectiveness of ignition interlock devices

Facing the repercussions of driving while under the influence can certainly be distressing. For one, Arizona residents charged with a DUI must pay hefty fines, attend a potentially mandatory alcohol abuse program and can even go to jail. As if these penalties were not enough, some drivers are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Many may wonder, are these devices really effective in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road?  

Arizona's DUI laws, explained

Facing a potential charge for driving under the influence can be a frightening time, needless to say. Arizona drivers currently going through these situations may be wondering how, exactly, the state's laws address DUI offenses. To best manage a tough predicament involving a possible DUI, it can benefit drivers to better understand Arizona's regulations. 

What are Arizona's underage alcohol laws?

Most people are aware that under most circumstances, the consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person who is 20 years old or younger is against the law in Arizona. In fact, this is actually illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, that is not the only provision in the law surrounding alcohol and minors in Arizona. Having a broader understanding of what is and what is not legal is important for all people in the state, especially if they are accused of an offense related to minors and alcohol.

Arizona residents see tougher DUI penalty

While certainly people in Arizona recognize that alcohol or drugs may impair the ability to drive a motor vehicle safely in some circumstances, the fact remains that social drinking is a part of life and it can be difficult at times to know when a person is able to safely operate a vehicle and when they are not. In addition, just like with many other accidents, those crashes in which a driver had previously consumed either alcohol or drugs may be influenced by other factors as well. Despite this, it is the driver alleged to be drunk who often takes the lion's share of the blame.

Some call for changes to DUI enforcement

For a great many adults in Arizona, having a glass of wine, a beer or another type of cocktail with friends or family members is a normal part of life. Whether at a happy hour after work, at a dinner part or a celebration for a special event or holiday, people frequently get in their cars to drive home afterwards. Despite this being completely socially acceptable, now more than ever there is increased scrutiny on the approach to driving after drinking in America.

The walking field sobriety test

If you have been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Arizona, you may understandably be scared and nervous about what might happen to you next. As you learn about the criminal defense process and what is involved in defending yourself against driving under the influence charges, you should become educated about the potential problems associated with field sobriety tests.

What is the one-leg field sobriety test?

If you have ever heard people talk about field sobriety tests in Arizona, you might have wondered what exactly these tests entail or look for. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the set of tests administered at the roadside where a driver has been stopped are not able to prove that a person is intoxicated. They are simply used to suggest that a person might be intoxicated. This is what an officer needs in order to legally make an arrest.

How much is too much when it comes to drinking?

It's not an uncommon scene in Arizona. Someone goes to a dinner or a party and has a little to drink; just a beer or a glass of wine. They insist they're fine to drive once the party ends, and successfully make it home. But were they really fine? Exactly how much is too much when it comes to drinking and driving?

A third of teens think driving while high is legal in some states

A survey of teens and parents earlier this year found a disturbing misinformation trend. Fully 33 percent of teens reported believing that, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, driving while high is also legal. Over 20 percent said that driving while high is common among their friends. Parents were only slightly less likely to be misinformed. Twenty-seven percent believed driving while high was legal in recreational use states, and 14 percent said it was common behavior among their friends.

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