Drunk Driving Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
It’s the holiday season once again, and there are a lot of things to be excited about. As plans are made for holiday parties and festivities, though, it’s important to plan a safe ride home, too.
Statistics show that while incidences of drunk driving are lower now than they once were, New Year’s Eve still sees many alcohol-related accidents in Arizona.
Did you know there are nearly 200,000 people in Arizona who use medical marijuana legally under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, and some could be legally operating motor vehicles?
Arizona is home to many festivals and events during the holiday season, and residents and guests alike love to attend. While most people choose a designated driver or use public transit to get to and from events, there are a few who will break the law and drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Still others will drive while abusing prescription drugs that may make them drowsy and inattentive.
St. Patrick’s Day may be associated with wearing green, the luck of the Irish, and eating Irish foods such as corned beef. But for many people in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is strictly a drinking holiday. While many bars and pubs go out of their way to make it special – even serving green beer – and it’s a lot of fun to party, there are dangers involved.
Right now, Arizona police are testing a new way to catch drivers who are under the influence of drugs. It’s called a roadside oral fluid test (OF), and it is quick and easy to administer. A typical test takes less than five minutes and is conducted with a small sample of saliva from the suspected drugged driver. The driver can also supply a blood or urine sample if he or she is unable to give saliva due to medical conditions.
It’s often easy to recognize a drunk driver and test for alcohol consumption with a breathalyzer. We might also be able to see someone driving distracted while using a cellphone or turning around to talk to kids in the backseat. But what’s hard to notice is who is abusing opioids and putting other people at risk because of it.
In the 1950s and ‘60s, drunk driving wasn’t considered a prevalent problem. In fact, it wasn’t really regarded as a problem at all. During this time, there were even advertisements glamorizing people drinking and driving!
Of course, all of that changed in the 1980s. Groups such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) started crusades to bring more awareness to the dangers of drunk driving and reduce the number of fatalities. They’ve done a great job—fatalities have dropped by over 50%—but as the data below shows, there is still more work to be done.
There’s been a lot of talk about recreational marijuana in Las Vegas lately. Sure, it’s legal now; but the tourists swarming to Las Vegas to buy all the marijuana they want are finding themselves without a place to smoke it, due to Nevada’s strict restrictions.
This is the situation Michael Stevens, owner of Highway Tours Las Vegas, is facing after he invested all of his money into purchasing a marijuana party bus only to find out that it’s illegal.
“Why didn’t someone stop them?”
It is one of the most common questions following a drunk driving accident, especially when the person in question is quite drunk. Depending on the situation, stopping a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel might not be an option. But, in many instances, someone witnessed their gradual intoxication and eventual inebriation. Someone – a friend, a fellow patron, or even the bouncer had to notice the uncoordinated behavior or slurred speech. But, can anyone be held responsible for noticing the problem and failing to act?
At all times during the weekend, frustrated drivers, speeding drivers, road rage drivers, and drunk drivers are out in full force, and the latter could put you at serious risk for being involved in an Arizona drunk driving accident. If you’re worried about being involved in a collision with a drunk driver, there are ways that you can prevent it. You could always stay inside and enjoy the nice, long weekend from the comfort of your bed. But if you have other plans, and those plans include going outside and having fun, especially at night, then you’ll need to get acquainted with methods for keeping yourself and your passengers safe. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before hitting the road.
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