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Going to Final Four? Remember Arizona has zero tolerance for DUI

Arizona’s DUI laws contain some subtle restrictions and harsh penalties. Make sure you know what’s OK while driving around the Grand Canyon state. 

The Final Four brings swarms of celebrations and out-of-town visitors who might not know about Arizona’s strict DUI laws.

Here’s the lowdown on DUIs in Arizona, including the state’s zero-tolerance policy, extreme DUIs and super extreme DUIs.

Is Arizona a zero-tolerance state?​

Yes, which means an officer can arrest you even if your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is less than 0.08 percent so long as they believe you’re impaired. However, A.R.S. 28-1381 stipulates that “it may be presumed that the defendant was not under the influence of intoxicating liquor” if the BAC is 0.05 percent or lower.

What is the legal blood-alcohol limit?

The legal limit is 0.08 percent, which is about two drinks for a 160-pound woman and three drinks for a 220-pound man. A “drink” constitutes 12 ounces of 5 percent beer, 5 ounces of 12 percent wine and 1.5 ounces of 40 percent liquor. Timing and other factors will impact this.

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