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    Question: I drank legally in Mexico, but got a MIP when I came across the border into America. Why?

    Answer: There is a relatively new law in Arizona that allows the police on this side of the boarder to cite a minor who appears intoxicated or who has consumed alcohol on the Mexico side of the border with 'minor in possession of alcohol.' The theory is that the minor 'possesses' the alcohol inside their body. This law was most likely in response to the thousands of under 21 drinkers who go across the line, party and come back into the United States under the influence of alcohol. The numbers of kids who do that are very high. They then attempt to drive cars home and become deadly statistics of drunk driving.


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    6 thru 8 of 8 comments     1  [ 2 ]   
    On 09/30/03
    tiffany from AZ said:
    i agree with jewels. unless you are pulled over for something other than an officer "thought" you might have been drinking as a minor- that they shouldn't be able to pull you over for a test.
    On 05/12/03
    marie from IA said:
    well tech when you cross border lines and they have any suspesion of anything they can chack and if you under the influence they can arrest you cuz it is the law in the US stay in mexico till your better that take 48 hours till it out of your blood stream
    On 11/01/02
    jewels from AZ said:
    i am of the opinion that unless you are pulled over for something like reckless driving, the state should not be allowed to do this. then again, those kids could just stay in mexico until they're sober again
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