So many lives have been lost due to accidents caused by drivers who were intoxicated or driving under the influence. Those people who perished in these accidents left behind families who love them unconditionally and did not deserve to suffer because of another person’s lack of responsibility or consideration. My home state of Arizona had 215 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2011. That is four avoidable drunk driving deaths each week.
For those who have survived accidents, their lives have never been the same as the accidents may have done permanent physical harm, wherein they may never walk again or worse. Drunk driving or DUI is a serious offense that many people commit. A lot of them are return offenders that show a disdain for the rules and regulations of the road. What they completely forget about is that every time they drive under the influence, they risk harming innocent people who are just trying to get from point A to point B safely.
DUI Penalties Safety Measures Include Interlocks
More DUI or Driving under the Influence offenders have to prove their sobriety before they drive as they now have to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in their vehicles to allow them to be able to drive after they have passed the interlock device’s test. The test involves putting your mouth on the mouthpiece of the device. The mouth piece connects into a fuel cell-sensor, and any alcohol present in your breath is then precisely measured and calculated into an Equivalent Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC. If you have a blood-alcohol level that exceeds accepted level, the vehicle’s ignition will remain locked and you will be unable to start your car.
In the past the law only required repeat offenders to have an ignition interlock in their cars for monitoring. Nowadays the law lowers that rate and applies the interlock devices to all offenders 1st time or 3rd time.
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended lowering the legal limit of .08 to .05 which is said to save up to a thousand lives every year. In Arizona, the legal Blood Alcohol Content is .08. The arrests lead to the offenders having to take a 72 hour driving safety programs as well as a record on your license which stays in there for over 3 years. A person’s car insurance also goes up with the offense, as the insurance company considers them as a liability so they must pay more in order for their cars to be insured.
Mandatory Ignition Interlocks for DUI Offenders in Arizona and Nation Wide
New efforts in battling DUI or driving under the influence in the United States have been getting advance as tougher penalties are being discussed in dealing with DUI offenders as more use of Ignition interlocks have been suggested as there have been too many drunk-driving accidents that have taken lives in the process. Here are some penalties that are being discussed for 1st time offenders to multiple offenders of DUI:
- More jail time for repeat offenders.
- A tag on licenses and ID’s that put a ten year probation period on buying alcohol after the third offense.
- More interlock devices on the cars of all offenders, 1st time offenders to repeat offenders.
- When driving with a minor on board, the charge of DUI becomes an automatic felony as it is a risk of injury to a child, which will come with a hefty fine.
- The fees that are to be paid by offenders depend on their blood-alcohol level. If a person reaches double of what a person needs to be intoxicated then his or her fees will be doubled.
- Mandatory jail time for 1st time offenders if their levels are at .15 above.
Tougher DUI Laws Making Offenders Harder to Defend
In making the laws for DUI tougher, attorneys are finding it harder to defend their clients who have been charged with DUI. The changes in DUI laws are making it abundantly clear that all states in the country do not tolerate drunk driving as it costs people their lives. It also costs public damage that amount to ridiculous amounts of money which could have been avoided had a driver avoid drinking before driving or had the driver chose to use public transportation after drinking. The value of human lives is irreplaceable and the penalties and fees that come with the offense far outweighs the risk of driving drunk.
There is nothing wrong with taking public transportation when drinking. You may also ride with a friend who is sober in getting back home. There have been so many terrible instances of deaths and tragedies occurred from drunk driving. Taking some necessary steps to avoid driving intoxicated present a person with so many benefits:
- A person avoiding driving under the influence avoids risking his or her life.
- A person avoiding drunk driving avoids risking another person’s life.
- Avoiding driving under the influence gives you the benefit of someone taking care of you while intoxicated.
- You avoid getting a permanent record that may hamper your future or your career.
- You avoid risking your insurance getting more expensive because they see that you are a risky driver who is most likely to get into a DUI accident.
- You avoid spending any jail time which is a serious, life-altering endeavor.