Some people believe that current DUI laws and penalties are too hard. For others, the laws are not tough enough. Well, now the National Football League — an organization that oversees some of America’s “toughest” — is tightening up its penalties for those who incur a DUI:.
In accordance with imposing more stringent policies on substance abuse – including steroids such as human growth hormone (HGH) — by players, the NFL is proposing an automatic suspension plus a monetary fine equal to one game’s paycheck, for a first-time DUI conviction. Though the new rule is not yet in place, it represents a change from the current NFL rule on DUI, which is a fine of two game paychecks for first offenders and suspension for a second offense. The NFLPA is also involved in negotiations regarding these revised rules for players.
My readers may wonder why the activities of the NFL would find a place in this particular blog. Well, I can think of many reasons. One, to show that both alcohol and drug-related DUIs have become a serious enough problem to warrant more, and stricter penalties. Two, to demonstrate that even celebrities are not exempt from accountability for their actions. And perhaps most importantly, to show that in the near future, the professional football players we watch and admire will be held to standards that are even stricter than “regular” drivers. Why do I say that? Because with the new policy, not only would a player convicted of a DUI be subject to penalties under the law, but he would also be subject to penalties from his employer, so to speak. Players’ livelihoods will be directly affected, more so than under previous rules.
So whether you have a famous face, a record for yards rushed, or just a high school championship trophy, the Arizona law enforcement officer that stops you on suspicion of DUI won’t be impressed enough to let you drive away. The laws apply to everyone, and for some offenders, additional penalties await.
If you or someone you know has questions about how Arizona DUI laws may apply to you, please contact an experienced DUI attorney at Zachary Law Group. We offer a FREE 30-minute case evaluation, to get a good start on finding solutions to your legal issues. Whatever your concerns, we will do our best to identify your rights, find the best possible legal solution, and “Zach-It”! Remember, DUI penalties are far more serious than five yards and a yellow flag. So give us a call soon, at 1-855-Zach-law.