Why are DUI Convictions Rare among Drugged Drivers?

As experienced DUI accident victim attorneys in Phoenix, we are well aware of the dangers of driving under the influence. Drugged driving accidents have been a growing concern all over United States. Reported incidents of drugged driving in the country demonstrated the possibility of becoming a leading cause of road traffic accident injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-third of drivers killed in fatal car crashes in 2009 tested positive for drug use.

In the United States, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) leads to approximately 1.4 million arrests every year. In most states, DWI offences include both alcohol and drug use. Marijuana is said to be the most prevalent substance found among impaired drivers next to alcohol.

Despite the risks that drugged driving poses toward road users, it is still hard for offenders to get convicted. Unlike alcohol-impaired driving which has breathalyzers and a 0.08 BAC level as the basis for being impaired, drugged driving offenses are mostly unspecified and unclear.

Sgt. Paul White, a DRE for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office revealed that most drivers suspected of being high on prescription drugs manage to get-away and escape convictions. In Arizona, a license is immediately suspended once the driver is proven drunk with BAC level higher that 0.08.

Aaron Harder, the Bureau Chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit, also admitted that drivers using drugs, either prescription or illegal inside their bodies during a motor vehicle crash will not cause their licence to be suspended for 90 days unless they are proven to be guilty of DUI.

If you have been the victim of an alcohol or drug-impaired driving accident and would like to seek compensation, the experienced DUI accident lawyers in Arizona at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. are available at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. You may also follow us on our Arizona Law Team Twitter account for helpful information, news, and other topics of interest.

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