Drunk Driving arrests on Arizona highways are an all too common occurrence. In fact, alcohol impaired driving is a menace on highways across our country. Statistics show that every 40 minutes an individual is killed due to drunk driving. And despite the best efforts of law enforcement and government agencies, nearly 13,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2007, many of them victims of drivers who had been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol (NHTSA, 2008a).
In an effort to curtail the growing problem of impaired driving, Arizona law enforcement and legislative bodies have made the punishments for DUI’s in the state harsh and unforgiving. With close to 1000 drinking and driving related fatalities, it is no wonder that the laws enacted by Arizona are so stringent.
Among those laws is a statute that dictates that any person convicted of a 1st offense DUI is required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in any vehicle they drive for a full year. Along with large fines for DUI offenses and the possibility of jail time, the Ignition Interlock laws that Arizona has in place are aimed at decreasing the alarming amount of drivers who take to the road under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In order to insure that all individuals who get behind the wheel of an automobile are held responsible for their actions, Arizona has enacted an “implied consent” law that states that anybody who is operating a vehicle is subject to a test of their blood or breath for alcohol content , and that the arresting officer has the discretion to choose which test to administer. If the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood or breath, their license will be suspended for one year if a first offense, or two years if a second offense (within 5 years of a prior DUI offense).
Smart Start of Arizona is an ignition interlock device specialist who use cutting edge technology to help reduce drinking and driving on our nation’s highways. By effectively separating drinking from driving, our Ignition Interlock Devices can save lives while helping those individuals who have been convicted of a DUI offense work towards reclaiming their license and fulfilling their court ordered or Department of Motor Vehicle requirements.
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For more information on Ignition Interlock Devices in Arizona, contact Smart Start today. Our installation technicians deal exclusively with Ignition Interlock Devices in locations throughout Arizona and we have experience with the proper installation, monitoring, and removal of Ignition Interlock Devices. Whether you are installing an IID in response to a Arizona court order, a DMV requirement, or some other reason, Smart start of Arizona can help! Fill out our online contact form today or call us at 800-880-3394.