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Tougher DUI legislation brings higher accountability

In 1981, I was asked to accompany a friend to visit a little girl in the hospital. The 5-year-old child had been seriously injured when a drunk driver slammed his car through the side of her house and crushed her as she slept in her bed.

I was a young man and still had much to learn about choices and consequences in life. But the memory of that little girl wrapped in bandages and casts made me understand that there are at least two kinds of tragedies those that are unavoidable, and those that didn't have to happen.

The Arizona senate passed a bill Thursday that will lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for DUI to 0.08 percent from 0.1 percent Aug. 31.

Wednesday, another bill went into immediate effect that lowered the limit for Arizona's extreme DUI law to a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent from 0.18 percent.

These two laws are a call for accountability and change. They join the voices of countless parents, spouses, children and friends who needlessly lost their loved ones because of a stupid decision.

Now there are more reasons to not drink and drive but the most important reason is still because it's the responsible thing to do. The choice is still ours, but now these lower limits may open more eyes and save more lives.

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