January 5, 2012

Changed AZ DUI Law Is Gentler For First-Time Offenders

Beginning this year, Arizona’s changed ignition interlock law requires that first-time offenders have an ignition interlock device installed for only six-months rather than a year which was the previous standard. Arizona is one of 15 states requiring the devices for first-time offenders and has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. The state has required mandatory ignition interlocks for first-time offenders since 2007 and makes it the responsibility of the offender to pay for the costs of the device. Alcohol-related fatalities in Arizona have decreased from 399 in 2006 to 210 in 2010 since requiring first-time offenders to install interlocks.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/70f10ee3e206472fbb3bbfeb817bfd6c/AZ–DUI-Interlock-Devices/


Comments (3)

Josie January 7, 2012

This is a sad thing. I teach the court ordered classes that someone who gets a DUI is required to take. You would think that with such strong penalties peoplemwouldmchange behavior..and according to the reduction in traffic related fatalities it has made a difference for some. However, in this country, there is a huge feel of entitlement when it comes to alcohol consumption and what I hear from people in my class is that many people have no intention of calling a cab when drinking or finding a designated driver. I have had fathers who allow their children to blow in the device for them, knowing that they won’t pass. And..even with the new law, a person will still be permitted to get a second DUI in that 6 months without adding to interlock time. Are we,nuts? I’m all for not clogging up the courts, but people seem to learn more effectively when they are really feeling the pain-especially when you are talking about alcohol consumption. Bad move Arizona :(.

Jay Solof February 27, 2012

iNCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS! ALSO, FOR TEXTING A CELL PHONE! MAKE JAIL MANDATORY FOR DRUNKEN DRIVERS, OR DRIVERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS! EVEN FOR FIRST TIME OFFENDERS!

Jay Solof February 27, 2012

TRAFFIC LAWS ARE MUCH TOO LENIENT! STFFEN THE PENALTIES! TREAT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS PUNSHIBLE BY JAIL TIME! EVEN FOR FIRST TIME OFFENDERS!

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