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.
Arizona's legislature has over the years made our state's drunk driving laws some of the toughest in the nation. Over at the Capitol building, lawmakers are considering several bills that will impact DUI laws if they are passed and signed.
You might have seen one of Waymo's driverless minivans and just didn't notice it. After all, according to news media reports, the self-driving vans have been rolling around the Phoenix area since late 2015.
Labor Day weekend is a great time to soak up the last days of summer with friends, family, food, and fun. It's also important to remember to celebrate safely and responsibly. Last year, there were 10 deaths from 10 traffic collisions during the holiday weekend. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is working hard this year to stop dangerous driving behaviors and increase road safety.
Drunk driving penalties have always been tough, but some state legislatures have become especially activist about creating new, harsher penalties. Arizona tops the list of strictest DUI laws by state, according to analysis by WalletHub. If you have gotten the impression that the Grand Canyon State has tougher drunk driving penalties than elsewhere, you're right.
An old court case in Arizona has resulted in efforts to pass a new law that would give police more power to make traffics stops. In 2011, a man contested his drunk driving conviction because he believed that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over. When the facts of the case were examined, it was learned that the officer made the stop because the motorist's "Liddy light" was burned out.