There seems to be a perpetual myth - not only in Arizona but in most other states as well - regarding the severity of DWI/DUI laws and the penalties for operating a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This confusion could be related at least in part to the fact that, even in Arizona, motorcycles are vastly outnumbered on the roads by automobiles. Statistically, they are involved in far fewer DWI arrests. This seems to have fed the growth of a misconception that the laws governing motorcycle DWIs and the penalties for being arrested are not as harsh as the laws applying to automobile drivers - as well as the mistaken assumption that there is less likelihood of being stopped or arrested for DWI on a motorcycle.
People who don't live in Arizona, or even Arizonians who don't live in Scottsdale or Maricopa County, are shocked when they learn about how DUI charges are initiated and prosecuted in Arizona. Not only are people horrified to learn that the police officers here can haul you into the jai and forcibly draw your blood themselves, but are more shocked by the draconian the sentencing scheme which provides for some of the harshest penalties in the nation.
While many people may either know someone who got a DUI in Arizona, or may have even gotten a DUI themselves in the past, many people don't fully understand the consequences of getting a DUI conviction in Arizona these days.