Impact Of 0.08 Limit Remains To Be Seen Prosecutor's, Defenders Foresee Different Effects On Courts

The Arizona Republic
September 4, 2001

IMPACT OF 0.08 LIMIT REMAINS TO BE SEEN
PROSECUTOR'S, DEFENDERS FORESEE DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON COURTS
Jim Walsh, The Arizona Republic

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Defense attorneys predict an open season on drunken drivers and a sharp increase in DUI arrests and trials under Arizona's new stricter law, but a top prosecutor expects no new cases and little impact in the courtroom.

Arizona lowered the limit Saturday at which drivers are presumed under the influence of alcohol to 0.08 percent from 0.10 percent. It is the 29th state to lower the limit, joining a nationwide assault on drunken driving.


Craig Penrod, a Tempe defense attorney, sees Valley police aggressively enforcing the new limit.

"Everyone seems to think there will be a lot more cases coming into the system," he said. "I think there will be more trials and more acquittals."

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