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Arizona DUI Doesn’t Just Apply to Cars

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on March 11, 2013

In the state of Arizona, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or water skis while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to ARS 28-1386. People who operate any of these while under the influence put themselves and others at risk of serious injury and death, and for this reason, they are subject to the same DUI laws.

Anyone operating any of these vehicles may be arrested if they have consumed any intoxicating liquor, drug or other toxic substance. Officers can arrest people if there is a reasonable suspicion that they have consumed drugs or alcohol. They can then require them to take a blood or breath test as well as any other tests to determine the person’s sobriety.

How To Protect Yourself From Drunk Drivers

While it is impossible to protect yourself from every hazard on Arizona roadways, you can take a few steps to increase your safety. First, make sure to avoid anyone you know or suspect is driving drunk. Remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible and alert authorities. For example, if you are at a lake and notice someone who is intoxicated operating a boat, leave the area as quickly and as safely as possible and then call 911. If you notice someone driving drunk on the road, slow down, stay as far behind the driver as possible, and take the next exit before calling 911. Try to note the license plate number if possible.

If You Are Injured in an Arizona DUI Crash

If you are injured in an Arizona DUI crash, call the Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices today. We represent clients who were hurt by people driving cars, boats and more. The injuries our clients sustain range from broken bones to hurt backs to strained necks. It is important everyone receive immediate medical attention, and then we work to gain compensation for our clients through settlements from the at-fault party. Call us today to see what we can do for you and to learn more information about our team.

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