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As St. Patrick’s Day draws ever closer, we are all looking for more of that old Irish luck in our lives. For many, the holiday is a welcome break from the turmoil of the past year, but if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that safety should always be our top priority. While you may hope to enjoy a lively party and night out for St. Patrick’s Day, drinking and driving is still a major risk.
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.
Updated on January 7, 2021
On November 3rd, 2020, Proposition 207 was passed in Arizona, making marijuana legal for recreational use for the very first time. Until this, marijuana was only legal for medical use, and those who wanted to use it had to obtain a medical marijuana card.
Under Prop 207, only people over the age of 21 are allowed to use marijuana, like alcohol. This is a big leap for marijuana in Arizona, but how does it impact DUI laws around marijuana use? It is now legal to drive while under the influence of marijuana?
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?
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