DUI and the beat goes on…

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There are tens of thousands of DUI arrests every year in Arizona; we rarely hear about any of these unless the person has some sort of celebrity, or unless they kill some people; examples of either case aren’t hard to find. Impaired drivers continue to account for a significant fraction of traffic fatalities (24% in 2016) amounting to hundreds of deaths in Arizona alone; victims are the drivers themselves, other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  

It’s been noted, or claimed, that Arizona has “the toughest DUI laws in the nation”; but only when there’s a celeb DUI we tend to hear any details.

Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and plead guilty to extreme DUI after his bloodwork came back at 0.193 BAC, just a touch below super extreme. His sentence was 30 days in jail which sounds pretty significant, however in jurisprudence math, 30 = 2 days in jail; his sentece orders him to:

…serve 30 days in jail. However, court documents state that 21 of those days will be suspended…  For the remaining 9 days, court documents state that Keim will serve two days at the Maricopa County Jail, and the remaining seven days will be served on Home Detention, beginning on July 20. — fox10

… We learn that  he was previously convicted of DUI in 1996, though that has no legal bearing. The full written police report is attached to this news article; Police observed Keim’s vehicle besides “a high rate of speed” the tell-tale (and highly dangerous) drifting:

I observed the vehicle drifting into the outside lane and then back into the inside lane. The vehicle then drifted back towed the outside lane and began to drove on the lane divider. The vehicle drifted back into the inside lane… (later) the vehicle made a wide turn nearly striking the curb”


Then this guy popped up a few days ago involving a 2007 incident, only because he’s running for elected office:

Congressional candidate Dave Giles spent a night in jail after Gilbert police stopped him for a 2007 incident in which he was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit and almost collided with a police car, records show…

“As the suspect vehicle pulled up even with my vehicle, it began to drive into my lane, forcing me to brake in order to avoid a collision,” Officer Brenda Kautz wrote in her report at the time. She noted that it took five siren blasts to get Giles to stop his car. –azcental.com

He spent a day in jail after pleading guilty to simple DUI.

DUI continues to be scoffed at

DUI is often continues to be shrugged off both in the media and the public imagination.  Here, e.g.,  on the unrelated topic of how a repeat shoplifter is being charged with burglary, my emphasis added:

(the defendant) had at least three outstanding warrants, most of which were related to traffic violations, including a DUI
he had never been accused of being a threat to anyone’s safety.

DUI is not dangerous, see?


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