In Arizona, Even T-Rex Can Get A DUI

T-Rex in front of car crash for DUI in AZ

Tough Arizona DUI laws don't discriminate. No matter which state you are in, make sure you have a plan for avoiding a DUI, drinking responsibly and avoiding endangering lives. As for T-Rex, it looks like someone will be needing a breathalyzer... 

Transportation Spotlight: Valley Metro LINK Bus

Avoid a DUI by Taking the Valley Metro LINK Bus 

Use the city bus to stop DUI in Tempe, AZ

With AZ’s tough DUI laws it’s clear that choosing the right transportation is key to avoiding a DUI. In last month’s post we covered the Valley Metro Lightrail, but as most of us know there is another option when it comes to public transportation: the city bus. Although not as new and hip as the lightrail, the Valley Metro LINK bus provides a fairly solid and well-established mode of transportation around the Phoenix area. While some may roll their eyes at the thought of taking the city bus, when it comes to avoiding a DUI and still being able to go out and enjoy yourself, there’s nothing to roll your eyes at!
 

Transportation Spotlight: Valley Metro / Light Rail

Stay DUI Free by Taking the Light Rail

 

AZ Light RailArizona’s event calendar offers some great nightlife options and drinking spots throughout the Phoenix area. From Festivals in Tempe, the hot bar scene on Mill Avenue, popular dinner and drinks options in Central Phoenix, or a variety of weekend attractions, including First Fridays and many sporting events, there is never a shortage of a place to find a great time. Once you decide your plans for the weekend the only dilemma, if you plan on drinking, is how to get around safely to avoid AZ’s tough DUI laws.

There are a lot of jokes about public transportation, but when it comes to avoiding a DUI and presenting an affordable option the light rail is a pretty great choice! As one of Phoenix’s public transportation systems the light rail is still relatively new and well-maintained. Most stops offer shaded seated and various forms of artwork to view while you wait. It’s easy to take the lightrail from Phoenix, through Tempe, all the way to Mesa and, from start to finish, it only takes a couple hours.

Stay Safe During Spring Training

With Spring Training in full effect and the weather warming up it's time to take a little break to enjoy all it is that training in AZ has to offer! We all know drinking is part of the scene, but make sure to keep yourself safe and not get behind the wheel.

AZ Spring Training

 

Top 10 Ways to Get Around the Bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and the Surrounding Areas

Whether you plan on partying in Phoenix, Tempe or Scottsdale, stay DUI free!

 

Casa patio bar Tempe, AZBetween campus parties and the bars on Mill Ave. in Tempe, Scottsdale’s hot bar and dining scene, and an ever growing number of weekend events to drink at scattered all around Phoenix, there’s definitely not a shortage of places to do a little (or a lot) of drinking. The weekend is a time to go out, have fun and let go of the stresses of the week. What the weekend shouldn’t be for is getting hit with a DUI, possible jail time and the huge cost of DUI related expenses when the most you had planned for was the possibility of a heavy bar tab.

8 Ways to Drink Responsibly During the Superbowl

Drunk Driving and the Super Bowl

Super bowl stadium for NFL

The number of DUIs on Super Bowl Sunday rivals that of many of the biggest drinking holidays of the year.  Just because the holiday season is over doesn’t mean the risk of getting behind the wheel is any less. According to BAC charts on the University of Arizona website, it takes 5 hours for a 200-pound man’s blood alcohol concenration (BAC) to reach zero after consuming only 4 drinks. Considering that most Super Bowl parties start with a little pre-party and end long after the glorious game has ended 4 drinks is probably the conservative minimum that most football fans expect to drink.

8 Step Game Plan for Reducing DUI Risks

1. Eat up. Game day food is one of the highlights for any Super Bowl lover. Make sure you take advantage of all the wings, dips, and other snacks that are sure to be around. Fill up on high protein or high fat snacks to minimize effects of alcohol.

5 Stress Relieving Tips to Reduce Holiday DUIs

DUI Prevention by Reducing Stress

Santa relieving stress by lying on the beach

The holiday season and drinking often go hand in hand. Unfortunately, DUIs and the holidays seem to go hand in hand as well. According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, this year there have been nearly 1000 DUI arrests with 251 of them qualifying as extreme (0.15+) since Thanksgiving alone. From spiked eggnog and holiday sangria to champagne ringing in the New Year, drinking together can bring fond memories of cherished holiday traditions. We also know that the holidays can sometimes bring a lot of additional stress and this added stress can lead people to drink more than they usually would. Try reducing your stress throughout the season this year so that you aren’t drinking to extremes in order to “relax” at holiday parties, which can lead to the dangerous decision of putting yourself behind the wheel.

1. Make a list to clear your head. With so much to do it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Constantly going over your to-do list in your head can leave you distracted and worried that you might forget something. Take the age old approach to making a list of all the things you have to do and cross them out as you complete them.

Wrist Watch Personal Breathalyzer

Prevent a DUI While Still Having Fun

Friends out together practicing smart drinking

Arizona is considered to be one of the most aggressive states when it comes to charges for drunk driving. Depending on the severity, a DUI can result in jail time, heavy fees, loss of license, mandatory classes and the death or injury of yourself or an innocent bystander.

We want to help you avoid a DUI and continue to enjoy yourself in the process. A little prevention can go a long way in making sure you stay safe and still allow you to let loose! Preventing a DUI doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and drink, it just means that you drink a little smarter while still having fun. 

Tips for Avoiding a Holiday DUI

Holiday DUIs Prevented by Designated Drivers...Not Always

People drinking and laughing at a holiday party

It’s that time of year again for holiday parties and whether you’re usually the life of the party or more of a wallflower, it’s hard not to partake in the holiday cheer. Unfortunately, this means there will be more people driving under the influence on the roadways and holiday DUIs.

Some people take the saying “drink and be merry” to the extreme while others think they are being responsible by having a designated driver (DD). However, according to statistics from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 67,000+ people were pulled over on DUI patrols last year during the holidays and 1,300 of those who were stopped were the DD. This sparks the question, how can you be sure your designated driver stays sober?

 

Here are a few ideas to keep everyone safe on the road during the holiday party season and avoid a holiday DUI:

1. Download a Mobile App or purchase a mobile breathalyzer. Agree ahead of time that no one will get behind the wheel without passing these sobriety tests.

Smartphone Personal Breathalyzer

Using Technology to Stop DUI

Stop Drunk Driving stop signPersonal breathalyzers go hand in hand with prevention. With more states passing DUI laws and regulations resulting in harsher DUI charges, the ever expanding mobile world has branched out and is taking it’s own angle on prevention. Although there are already several mobile apps available for your iPhone or Android, BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer claims to be the “world’s most accurate smartphone breathlyzer”.

Apparently, the experts agree with this claim. Earlier this week Popular Science Magazine announced the smartphone breathalyzer to be one of the recipients of it’s “Best of What’s New” honor for 2013. With the rapid speed of new technology development and the sheer magnitude of new innovations coming out every day, it’s a pretty distinct honor. There are only 100 awardees selected every year

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