In the state of Arizona in 2002, 8,095 total crashes involved alcohol. These crashes killed 488 people while injuring thousands more. A driver involved in these crashes would most likely be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). A person can be considered under the influence by a police officer in Arizona if theyve ingested any intoxicating liquor, any drug, or inhaled any vapor that contains a toxic substance.
To actually be charged with a DUI in Arizona a driver has to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more within two hours of driving the vehicle. If the driver has a BAC of .15 or above the charge becomes an Extreme DUI. If the driver is operating a vehicle that is registered as a commercial motor vehicle that requires the driver to have a commercial driver license, then the driver cannot have a BAC of 0.04 or more. Arizona also has a zero tolerance law, so a driver under the age of 21 cannot drink alcohol and drive.
The DUI base fine in Arizona is $250, and there is an addition surcharge of $200. There are also possible fees for processing that can add up to over $1000. A first time DUI offender will serve a minimum of 24 hours in jail, but the sentence can last up to 10 days. The drivers license will be suspended for a minimum of 90 days up to a maximum of 360 days. Finally, the driver will have to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.
DUI / DWI facts and statistics in Arizona
- In 2017, 27 out of the 278 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 198 out of the 24,195 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
- In 2018, 24 out of the 285 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 141 out of the 19,200 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
source: responsibility.org, fbi.gov
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