Ray Stern with the Phoenix New Times writes that Arizona has "arguably"
DUI laws in the nation. Yet, at the same time, it looks like alcohol-related driving
deaths in Arizona went up last year. The news comes from a report out
of the latest Arizona Department of Transportation Crash Facts report.
Drug-related DUI crashes are up too, apparently, but it's not because
of marijuana, as one might expect, given the recent turn across the nation
toward legalizing marijuana. Stern quotes a representative of the Arizona
Governor's Highway Safety Office: "The most horrible [accidents]
are mixed," Alberto Gutier says, referring to drivers who are under
the influence of two or more drugs, usually opiates.
Gutier mentions Fentalyl, which is said to be 50 times more potent than
morphine, at least according to Stern. Gutier thinks it might be the
repeat DUI offenders to blame for the increase in DUI-related fatalities, though it's just
his guess. If you get more than two DUIs in Arizona, you're generally
looking at felony charges.
Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate Going Up in Arizona