Arizona isn’t soft on DUI drivers. All drunk drivers are subject to mandatory Arizona ignition interlock requirements, even if it is their first time driving under the influence. More than that, if your DUI occurred in a friend’s car, and you don’t own your own vehicle, you still have to install an Arizona ignition interlock on a car.
We cannot all own our own vehicles, and in some states, that is a valid reason to forego your interlock installation. However, Arizona requires you use the device or your license will never be reinstated. Arizona DUI law (ARS 28-1461) requires that until the MVD receives your proof of installation of an ignition interlock device, your license will remain suspended or revoked. If you don’t own a vehicle, you don’t have any excuse for not following the law. You can satisfy your Arizona ignition interlock requirement by installing the device on a friend or family member’s car if needed.
The vehicle owner will need to know how to use the device to ensure you are not found in violation of your Arizona ignition interlock requirement. That means they will have to agree to not drink and drive, understand how to perform the start-up and rolling retests and attend service appointments as needed. If they attempt to circumvent or bypass the device, you will be legally responsible. You will have to explain to the owner of the vehicle that the interlock will remain on their vehicle for at least a year or longer, depending on your DUI conviction.
Of course, you and your friend can avoid this whole scenario if you have a plan to get home safely when drinking. Nobody wants a DUI, and by using the buddy system before a chance to drink and drive, you can set aside any chances for an Arizona ignition interlock in your future.