Arizona State Senate Bill 1045 passed a senate panel on the 26th with unanimous 7-0 approval, and will advance to the full state legislature for action. The bill – which is colloquially called “Joe’s Law” in memory of Joe Smith – proposes new mandates for drug and alcohol testing on Arizona roads.
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Drug and alcohol addiction are some of the most insidious and pervasive problems someone can face in their life, and one of the costliest for many communities to cope with. Many of state and federal prisons are bursting at the seams, with a large number of the offenders there on drug-related charges. Take Oklahoma, for instance, which has a prison population that hovers around 30,000 people, with roughly 50% of them suffering from a substance abuse problem.
The United States has lagged behind most of the rest of the northern hemisphere in terms of the strictness of our maximum legal BAC reading. It was a tough sell to get all 50 states to adopt the 0.08 legal limit, with Minnesota finally giving in to the new standard in 2005, and even then only after having their states’ federal highway funds withheld until they met the condition.