Originally Posted by Proudmom72
@ Denim Chicken, I think states need to adopt the laws on the book in Maricopa County, AZ, which has the toughest first time offender DUI laws in the country and you get to wear PINK!
With use of this device required for 12 months, plus a laundry list of fees, mandatory jail time, and more, Arizona tops the charts as the state with the toughest DUI consequences on first-time offenders.
Here’s a breakdown of what a DUI can cost you in Arizona:
$200 state surcharge
$500 prison construction fine
$500 DUI assessment charge
The installation of the IID costs around $50 to $200, and it could be more if you have a luxury vehicle. Plus you’ll have to pay for the monthly rental which can range from $50 – $100 plus tax! Maintenance and data fees are also your responsibility.
You’ll also be required to take and pay for an alcohol education course. Oh… and don’t forget your mandatory community service. [View Full Quote]
One more fun Arizona fact: by law, all licensed drivers automatically give consent to a field sobriety test. If you get pulled over for suspicion of DUI and you refuse a test, you’ll lose your license for a year.
Unfortunately, even with the toughest law you can't arrest and dictate someone's conscious. Getting behind a wheel while impaired is a CHOICE and at the end of the day, you have to live with them but just don't forget, your choices affect other people like in this case.
We just had a case here in Charlotte, NC where a drunk driver hit and a husband and wife. She was six months pregnant but due to the accident, she lost her little boy. Shocking the drunk driver died at the scene but was still held accountable. The couple sued the bar that kept serving him drinks and won a big settlement. However whatever money they got could not replace what they lost, their son who never got a chance.
It’s arguable that speeding contributes as much to highway fatalities as DWI—eating and texting while driving as well. In fact, studies show that texting and driving make one about 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. Should these activities be as heavily penalized as DWI?
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