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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 30, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for tougher legislation regarding those driving under the influence.  Their suggestion: lowering the DUI alcohol limit from 0.08% to 0.05%.

America is one of very few countries with such a high limit, as much of the rest of the world convicts DUIs the 0.05% level. Although the push for a lower limit may be tough to pass in congress, Arizona residents already know the sting of strict laws and enforcement.

If you are at all impaired while driving, you may be subjected to a DUI, even if that means you are at a 0.04% in the state. Missing a court date or getting an extreme DUI (0.15% or higher) can even result in 45 days in jail. Arizona law enforcement doesn’t just look for alcohol traces; they also heavily patrol for drugs whilst making these stops.

Arizona DUI laws state that first time offenders in the state are also subjected to six months of a vehicle-interlocking device, which has increased in popularity amongst other states. Since 2007, nearly 46% of alcohol or drug related deaths involving a vehicle have dropped, which is thought to be from implementing the device.

There has been much controversy over these tougher laws, as some local bars and restaurant say that it’s bad for business since most DUIs are more extreme.  The amount of money funneled into these checkpoints and officer overtime has also cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

If you have been convicted of a driving under the influence in Arizona, make sure to get in touch with a reputable DUI attorney immediately. Let an experienced lawyer fight for you on your court day.