Drugged driving on the rise in Phoenix metro area
The penalties for a DUI convicted driver have made a strong impression on the citizens of Arizona. Many drivers know well about the laws regarding drunk driving. If they plan to go to a party and drink, they know that they need to hire a taxi or find a designated driver to get home safely without any problem.
When someone hears about DUI, they relate the offense with alcohol. Mostly people are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol but the arrests for driving under the influence of drugs are increasing day by day in Arizona. The number of DUI arrests decreased during 2012 and the arrests made for drugged driving increased approximately 12% from the arrests made in 2011 according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Many drivers under the influence of illegal drugs, like marijuana, were arrested in 2012 and some were impaired because of prescription medications. Most of the Arizona motorists are unaware that police arrest them for driving under the influence if the medication they are taking affects their brains and makes them impaired. This increase in the number of DUI drivers has grabbed the attention of law enforcement officers throughout the Phoenix metro area. Officers are ordered to be more aggressive in taking drugged motorists off the roads.
Officers in Arizona are also given training of the signs that tell if a person is under the influence of alcohol and how to detect drunk drivers because there is a difference between a drugged driving arrest and a drunk driving arrest. Officers ask to stop the vehicle where they see a driver with signs of impairment, such as slurred speech or bloodshot eyes but before deciding whether or not to arrest the motorist, officers ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests. It is difficult for an officer to decide whether a person is under the influence of any drug or not because many of them do not have the training necessary to determine because every drug affects the brain differently and the signs of impairment are also different for each drug. Specially-trained drug recognition officers will need to conduct an investigation to determine if the driver is under the influence of a drug. Officers should be given the option of taking the blood test of a suspected driver and other tests which will check the driver’s reaction. The result can then be used to determine the drug used and if a person is found to be intoxicated, then that person is charged with DUI. Many officers in the Phoenix metro area have been trained in detecting drugged drivers.
If you are charged with DUI then it is necessary to know that there will be serious penalties if you are convicted. DUI cases can be very complicated and it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney who is an expert in this field. A DUI convict has many options and he or she needs to present a strong defense because every conviction increases the potential punishments. If you are facing a DUI charge in Arizona, it is important to get in touch with an experienced DUI defense attorney who can help you dismiss the charge completely and prevent it from becoming a conviction.