Two years ago this week Arizona brought in the most stringent DUI
laws throughout United States. In the month of September in the year 2007, a law was passed that required drivers in Arizona who had been convicted of DUI to get their cars fitted with equipment called Ignition Interlock Devices
if they wanted to continue driving.
The enforcement of the DUI laws in Arizona stirred a great controversy and the laws have caused endless debates. Are the laws too stringent, is it wrong to enjoy some wine with dinner. If interpreted literally even .03 concentration of alcohol in blood BAC) could be the basis for a DUI charge if the person's ability to drive is nevertheless impaired to the slightest degree.
Irrespective of the controversy the enforcement of the law has stirred one thing is absolutely clear - under no circumstance can you drive if you are impaired even to the slightest degree. In Arizona, a DUI conviction (even for a first offense) mandates a jail sentence and the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed in your car or at least one year. Not to mention that a DUI or other criminal conviction can be an obstacle to future educational and employment opportunities. With so much at stake, it makes sense to hire a Phoenix or Scottsdale DUI attorney if you are facing charges.
Everyone agrees that alcohol and drugs can impair one's ability to drive and make it unsafe for them to get behind the wheel. Proponents of the newly enacted DUI laws argue that it reflects the seriousness of the danger posed to the public when one drives in a drunken state. They assert that people are adhering to these laws because they realize that it is easier to abide the law then to face the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction.