4,371 Arizona drivers arrested for DUI by Holiday DUI task force
According to a report by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the officers participating in regional saturation enforcements arrested nearly 4,400 people for DUI. All the suspected drunk drivers were arrested between the time period of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Officers said that from 24th of November 2012 to 1st of January 2013, the total number of people arrested for DUI was 4,371. From this, 934 DUI drug arrests were made whereas 1,098 drivers were arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI and 450 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI. The total number of people stopped by the officers was 81,934 in which 1,964 were designated drivers and officers handed out 34,974 non-DUI citations.
The average blood-alcohol level of all the drunk drivers arrested was 0.15%, which is double the legal limit allowed for driving. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08%.
During the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, 2,247 officers participated and were on-duty in multiple DUI task force deployments.
In several areas, the number of people arrested every year is increasing since the last three years. These areas include child-restraint violations, extreme DUI and seat-belt citations. In 2010, during the same time period, 3,880 people were arrested by the police officers. In 2011, the number of people arrested was recorded at 4,058. The number of designated drivers has also increased in the recent years. In 2010, the number of designated drivers was 1,391 which increased to 1,927 in 2011.
According to Alberto Gutier, Highway Safety Office Director, the purpose of task forces is “to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on our streets and highways by enforcing DUI and traffic laws in our state”.
From 1st of January 2012 to 1st of January 2013, a total of 27,710 suspected drunk drivers were arrested by police officers working on the task forces. From all the arrests that were made,3,919 were drug DUI arrests. 8,080 drivers were arrested with extreme DUI and 3,275 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI. 787,946 people were stopped by the officers from which 6,242 were designated drivers and 338,101 non-DUI citations were handed out.