KMSB "Fox-11 Forum" Sunday, 9/19/10, 7:30 AM & KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 9/19/10, 10:30 AMPosted: Updated:
By Bryce Potter
Host Bob Lee interviews Kelly Larkin, State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Arizona, Sgt. Doug Hanna, Pima County Sheriff’s Dept., and Susan Agrillo, attorney with the City of Tucson Prosecutor’s Office.
Drunk driving continues to be the most frequently committed crime in Arizona today, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A recent report from the agency says 8-percent of Americans admit to drinking and driving at least once in the past year…many of them saying they’d gotten behind the wheel within two hours of having one or more alcoholic beverages.
Hanna says the State of Arizona has a drunk driving law that prohibits a person from driving when they have a concentration of .08 percent or more alcohol in their blood system. He says in Arizona there are specific laws and penalties for people who fall under the category of "Extreme DUI." He says a person is considered an Extreme DUI if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.15 or higher within two hours of driving or being in actual control of a vehicle. He says person convicted of Extreme DUI is convicted of a criminal misdemeanor.
Agrillo says a first extreme DUI Conviction will result in a $900 fine ($500 + 80% surcharge) PLUS another $250 for a "DUI Assessment" PLUS $1250 extreme DUI assessment. She says your drivers license will be revoked for 1 year and you will also have to install (at your expense) a interlock ignition device in all of your vehicles.
Larkin says the mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, to support the victims and to prevent underage drinking.