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.