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Phoenix TV station airs DUI quiz

It’s common knowledge that Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. But the details of our drunk driving statutes are not as widely understood.

We were pleasantly surprised to see Phoenix’s Channel 12 news broadcast recently feature a quiz on Arizona’s drunk driving laws to help viewers understand some of the most important rules of the road.

The quiz assumes most people understand that the legal blood-alcohol content limit is .08 percent and that, if you’re convicted of DUI, you are required to have an ignition interlock system installed in your vehicle.

Questions and answers

Let’s take a look at some of the questions and facts in the quiz to see how you fare. For instance, did you know that you can be arrested for DUI even if you’re not actually driving a vehicle? If you are impaired by alcohol or drugs while inside a vehicle, you can be assumed by law enforcement to be in “actual physical control” – meaning that you had the potential to drive and were in control of the vehicle.

Channel 12 also posed this multiple choice question to viewers: “In Arizona, if you are under 21 years old, you will receive a DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above:”

  • 0.00 percent
  • .04 percent
  • .08 percent

The correct answer: 0.00 percent. That’s right. Drivers under 21 cannot have any trace of alcohol in their bodies. If they do, they face arrest. 

Here’s another question: “True or False: Someone at least 21 years old can’t get arrested for DUI if their BAC is lower than .08%.”

If you answered “false,” you were correct. You can be arrested in Arizona on suspicion of DUI “if alcohol or drugs are simply detected in your system.”

Of course, if you are arrested under those conditions, the state would still have to prove to the court that you were impaired at the time.

We will have more the DUI quiz in a later blog post.

If you have been arrested drunk or drugged, contact the Rosenstein Law Group about your legal options. 

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