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Do you understand the basics of driving under the influence?

If you live in the United States, you probably know that driving under the influence is a crime. Not only that, you know that it can lead to a serious punishment. Authorities across the country are cracking down on driving under the influence, as they know this is one of the top reasons for motor vehicle accidents.

In short, every driver should understand that driving under the influence is against the law. They should also understand that doing so increases the likelihood of causing an accident.

Here are several other basics to become familiar with:

-- When a person is pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, he or she will likely be asked to take a field sobriety test.

-- Every state has its own set of DUI laws, with a .08 blood alcohol concentration level set as the limit.

-- The criminal penalty for a DUI conviction depends on many factors, including the state in which you were arrested and if you are repeat offender. For example, if you are convicted of DUI in Arizona, you are required to equip your vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

These are just a few of the many basics associated with driving under the influence. As a driver, the best way to avoid trouble is to never get behind the wheel if you have recently been drinking.

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence in Arizona, make sure you know your rights and that you protect them at all times. You don't want to be taken advantage of during a traffic stop.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Offense Basics," accessed Aug. 25, 2016

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