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New law allows for felony charges in certain auto accidents

Most motorists traveling in Arizona are aware of the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Unfortunately, this knowledge does not always result in every driver exercising due diligence every time he or she gets behind the wheel. Recently, Governor Ducey signed a law that may reduce some types of auto accidents.

According to statistics for last year, there were an estimated 1,700 crashes that were caused by motorists driving the wrong-way on Arizona roads. Of these types of wrecks, the majority of them were attributed to impaired drivers. The most recent updates to the motor vehicle laws will now increase the penalties that drivers can face if they cause these types of crashes. 

Drivers who are found responsible for these accidents will be assessed fines of up to $500 and will be required to attend traffic school. Those who are under the influence of intoxicating substances will face felony charges when they are involved in a wrong-way crash. The bill is the result of the governor's request for changes to the laws in an effort to reduce the numbers of wrong-way and intoxicated collisions.

Motorists and passengers who are involved in a wrong-way crash often suffer serious -- or even fatal -- injuries. Those who survive may suffer long-term effects for the rest of their lives and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Whenever victims of auto accidents are injured due to the negligence of another party, they are entitled to pursue financial restitution through the civil court system for the monetary damages sustained in the aftermath of these senseless and preventable crashes.

Source: sonorannews.com, "WrongWay impaired driving now a felony", April 2, 2018

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