Drunk Driving Blood Tests and the Law
Despite consistently lower numbers of drunk drivers on the streets of Arizona, accidents caused by those who are drinking and driving remain a serious concern for law enforcement and lawmakers. However, recent reports from Tucson News Now indicate that it may become harder for police officers to take drunk drivers off the streets for good.
In a story released January 10, reports indicated that the U.S. Supreme Court is heavily weighing the decision as to whether or not officers of the law can order a blood test without warrant for those suspected of drunk driving that refuse to submit to a breathalyzer or other sobriety tests. According to ARS 28-1381, in Arizona it is against the law for any person to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. Under ARS 28-1321, police officers currently have the right to test any person reasonably suspected of driving while intoxicated and tests include blood, breath, urine, and other bodily substances.
Arizona Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), alcohol plays a role in more than 5,530 car crashes in the state each year. Data indicates that these crashes are responsible for injuries sustained by more than 3,660 individuals. In addition, there are approximately 265 deaths associated with drunk driving collisions spread throughout the state each year. Police in Arizona are on high alert during holidays and other times of year when drunk driving incidents are high in order to stop drivers who are under the influence and reduce these statistics.
What to Do if You’re Involved in a Drunk Driving Collision
No matter how safe you drive, you may find yourself entangled in a car crash with someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol, and a skilled personal injury attorney can help you seek justice. The Husband and Wife Law Team works with victims of drunk driving accidents to hold the drunk driver responsible for their actions. We negotiate the terms of a fair settlement that will cover the costs of your medical care, time off from work, emotional distress, and property damages. For help with your injury accident case, contact the attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. now.