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You probably have already figured it's not a good idea to drive if you've been drinking, even though you may have done it.

If you are even slightly impaired, you're dangerous to yourself and me. Drinking and driving anywhere can get you in big trouble, but most especially in Arizona. Law enforcement comes down hard in this state, but now, they're getting even tougher.

Up to now, one of the most difficult things to establish on the scene is the result of a blood alcohol test. You could refuse to take the test if you're pulled over, making it necessary to get a search warrant to take blood. Often, that would take up to 10 hours, thereby negating the value of the test. But as of this week, the world of technology changed all that.

If you're pulled over on an Arizona highway and refuse the blood test, the officer can get a computerized search warrant from a judge almost instantly. And if you're impaired you're also toast.

C'mon, I'd like to live a while longer -- just take a cab. You're not going to beat the system.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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