Driving is a privilege, not a right. You need to take and pass a test to get a license to be a legal driver. While studying to gain this privilege, you should also be familiar with a few other road laws.
Arkansas is an implied consent state. This means that by simply operating a vehicle on the roadway, you agree to submit to chemical testing if you’re suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI). While nobody can force you to blow on a breathalyzer, this doesn’t mean you should refuse one.
Providing a sample
Breathalyzers are commonly used when police suspect someone is under the influence because they’re portable, easy to use, and more agreeable than the alternatives. Chemical testing for substances can also be accomplished with blood or urine samples.
It’s much easier to conduct a breathalyzer on the side of the road than to draw blood or collect urine. While you have the physical ability to refuse, you will automatically receive a separate charge if you do.
Legal consequences for refusal
The consequences of a refusal to submit are similar to that of a DWI and could include:
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- High insurance
Be proactive, not reactive
Maybe you’re going out with friends after a long day and plan to have a drink at the end of the evening. If you have a drink, just remember that driving in Arkansas already implies that you consent to testing. Being aware of DWI laws can help you avoid legal trouble.