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Arizona ignition interlock devices: a primer

In many parts of life, we get choices. But when it comes to ignition interlock devices, there are no options. People convicted in Arizona of a DUI offense – even a first offense – must get an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle at their expense.

All of that is clear, but many people are not exactly sure what an ignition interlock device is, how it works and what it can mean for them in day-to-day life.

Federal Court OK With Charging Sober Drivers With DUI

In Utah a sober woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after admitting to having a single beer with lunch. According to the article on the incident, in October, 2016, Anexora Leon got pulled over for having an expired license plate. Once pulled over, the officer verified that Leon was telling the truth when she told them the correct plate was in the trunk. The officer suspected that she was drunk and insisted that he smelled alcohol, made her perform the roadside tests even though she had no physical signs of being drunk such as slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The officer said she failed the roadside tests while Leon maintains that he gave her unclear instructions.

Arizona law enforcement gearing up for holiday DUI season

Some holiday lights have a warm glow that makes you feel good inside, while other festive lights twinkle and wink in the jolly spirit of the season. But here in Arizona, holiday lights are often atop police cars on the prowl for DUI drivers.

According to a recent report by a Phoenix TV station, the Arizona Department of Public Safety is ready to roll out extra patrol cars and officers over the holiday season. DPS will join DUI task forces in a search for drunk drivers.

Arizona DUI patrols ready to roll over Thanksgiving weekend

Here in Maricopa County, we forego some holiday traditions. It’s rare for us to be able to ride sleighs through snowy woods to grandmother’s house, for example. But we do make the most of the holidays by traveling in our typically warm weather to visit family and friends or receiving them in our homes. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, plans are being made and scrumptious meals prepared.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving weekend (which this year runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 25) is also a time of the year when police will be out in force looking to make arrests for drunk driving.

Can Cannabidiol (CBD) Cause a DUI Offense in AZ?

Cannabidiol is an increasingly popular topic among individuals focused on health and wellness. Cannabidiol (otherwise known as "CBD") is a compound found in both the controversial marijuana plant and the somewhat-less-controversial hemp plant.

Unlike the more abundant compound in marijuana, THC, CBD will not get you high and does not impair your ability to drive. Thus, CBD should not result in a DUI offense.

However, because of unclear state laws, law enforcement may still have grounds to charge you with a DUI if you use CBD before driving.

CBD is a safe and legal substance, but it may be safer to refrain from using it before or while driving in light of existing state law.

Can you legally avoid an Arizona DUI checkpoint?

Police lights flash and officers wearing yellow, reflective vests stand in the road to give directions to drivers. Arizona DUI checkpoints are intimidating, making many who go through them feel as though they must prove they are innocent of any crimes.

Because courts have approved the use of the checkpoints, you’ll see the flashing lights and line of cars from time to time across the Phoenix metro area and around the state. According to a website that tracks the operations, law enforcement officials recently conducted a roadside checkpoint in Mesa at the intersection of East Baseline Road and North Gilbert Road to look for drunk drivers and drugged drivers.

DUI’s hidden cost: Calibration of the ignition interlock device

Many of the costs of being caught driving under the influence are well-known: jail time, losing your license, paying court fines. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device into your car. Did you know that you have to pay to have the device to be installed and recalibrated, adding to the cost of your DUI?

First, here’s how an ignition interlock device works:

Ballplayer to Scottsdale cop during DUI bust: "I'm not sure I trust you"

Celebrity status doesn't necessarily mean the police will turn a blind eye to alcohol-related driving violations. Without naming names, let's take a look at a current DUI arrest involving a Major League Baseball player during spring training with a team.

Arizona county's DUI enforcement results in 129 arrests

When you drive south from the Valley of the Sun to Tucson, you'll spend much of that trip going through Pinal County. The county is like a neutral nation - Arizona's version of Switzerland - between our state's friendly rival major cities, Phoenix and Tucson.

Mesa police accused of using excessive force in DUI arrest

Last December, an Arizona woman was driving with a friend when she was pulled over by Mesa police officers because one of her taillights was out. The officers were part of an East Valley DUI Task Force initiative working the area around Broadway Road and Roosevelt Street in Tempe.

They said they smelled marijuana in the 32-year-old's car. According to the police, a breathalyzer test showed that her blood-alcohol content (BAC) was at 0.15 percent. In Arizona, a person can be arrested for DUI if their BAC is at 0.08 percent and above.

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