Here at Hastings & Hastings we are always doing our best to educate individuals on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Drivers should never, ever get behind the wheel of a car when they are intoxicated. Blood alcohol level, or BAC, is a measure of how much alcohol is present in an individual’s blood. It is also a dependable representation of how intoxicated someone is. If a driver’s BAC is in excess of .08, they are driving above the legal limit. This measure of .08 is the standard measurement for all states in America.
One important thing to note is that individuals may be intoxicated before they reach the legal limit of .08 BAC. Many studies have shown that impairment can begin in certain individuals as early as .04.
It is generally noted that there are 50 major visible signs on intoxication. If an individual shows a combination of many of these signs, this is a strong indicator that they may indeed be intoxicated. These signs include but are not limited to: bloodshot, glassy eyes, loud, noisy speech, slurred speech, aggression, belligerence, rambling train of thought, drowsiness, instability, erratic movement, and confusion. Someone who is intoxicated will also have slowed or inhibited reactions. This side effect inparticular makes it very hazardous to drive.
Arizona has specific laws for individuals who are found driving with a BAC of .15 or higher within two hours of driving a vehicle. This is called an “Extreme DUI.” You can be cited for an Extreme DUI even if you are not currently behind the wheel of a vehicle. Individuals who are convicted of an Extreme DUI will facing having their license revoked for 1 year. They will also be subject to the installation of an ignition interlock device.