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AZ Game and Fish to Test Off Roaders for DUI

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was recently awarded a grant which allowed the agency to purchase 8 breath-testing machines that test a person’s blood-alcohol content. The Department will use these to test people who drive off-road vehicles for DUI.

Until now, agents have only been able to use field sobriety tests to determine if a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Field sobriety tests are unreliable and drivers have the right to refuse to take field sobriety tests. In Arizona, you must consent to an alcohol blood, breath, or urine test if a law enforcement officer suspects you’re driving under the influence. Failure to comply with this test will result in an arrest and a 12-month suspension of your driver’s license, regardless of whether you were driving under the influence.

A representative from the Department said this focus on sobriety and safety was long overdue. Drivers have a higher risk of losing control when they are on dirt and gravel compared to a paved road. “The law needs to be enforced wherever drivers are,” said Alberto Gutier, director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is also training its agents to recognize drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

In 2010, there were 158 motor vehicle crashes that involved recreational vehicles in Arizona, 3 of which were fatal.

Arizona has strict DUI laws with mandatory sentences. You can get a DUI in Arizona even if you have a blood alcohol content below 0.08 – you only need to have your driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you are convicted of DUI, you will face mandatory jail time, fines, a suspended driver’s license, and an ignition interlock device on your vehicle when your driving privileges are restored.

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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