Most of us think of DUI as an alcohol-related offense. While that is usually accurate, it is also true that more and more DUI arrests here in the Phoenix metro area involve allegations that prescription drugs, marijuana or other substances are involved.
No one drives around the Phoenix metro area hoping to get pulled over by a police officer. But if you drive long enough, it is likely at some point that you will see a police car behind you light up and signal you to stop.
It is widely accepted by the public that texting while driving is dangerous and can lead to traffic accidents. Statistics show there were a reported 776 accidents in 2016 being listed as caused by a driver manually operating an electronic device.1 Those accidents resulted in five deaths and 275 injuries.2 Arizona is one of only three states in the country without extensive texting while driving laws.3 While most of us would agree that a bill that specifically bans texting while driving would create safer Arizona roads, the current bill introduced by Arizona Senator Mesnard does not specifically ban texting while driving at all. Here is the full proposed State Bill 1141:
A look at implied consent in Arizona
Arizona is on the cutting edge of self-driving technology development with a couple of the world’s biggest companies – Google and General Motors – testing their autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area. The stated goals of the technology’s developers range from convenience (people will no longer have to drive) and improved safety to slightly less obvious advantages such as reductions of fossil fuel consumption and traffic congestion.
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.
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.
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.
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.