Drunk Driving arrests in Arizona during last year holiday season

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In Arizona, driving under the influence is a critical issue. More than 30,000 DUI arrests in 2012 were made according to the state Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The holiday season has started with people all around the country celebrating Thanksgiving and moving on to festivities in December prior to the starting of the New Year. This is a time to enjoy for every individual but it can also be tragic for some. This time of year is the most dangerous time for individuals to be on the roads due to the increased holiday traffic, severe winter weather conditions and motor vehicle drivers driving under the influence of an intoxicant especially alcohol making a deadly combination.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration said that as drunk driving is a serious issue, so state law permits at least one sobriety checkpoint to be conducted by law enforcement a month. Checkpoints help in decreasing the crashes and fatalities related to drunk driving, especially during the holiday season when the number of drunk drivers is increased on the roads.

The purpose of drunk driving campaigns is to make people safe on the roads while driving.

In a struggle to decrease the increasing number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have created a public awareness campaign with the name of “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”. Before this, they had started a campaign with the name of “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign and that remains well known as it saved thousands of lives. According to the New York Daily News, the new campaign aims to raise awareness that consuming any amount of alcohol can affect a driver’s judgment, coordination, vision and reaction time and also increases the risk of an accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended Arizona and other states to decrease their legal BAC level limit to 0.05%. AZCentral shows that the average blood alcohol content of those individuals who were taken into custody for DUI in Arizona was 0.15% last holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve in 2012, more than 4,300 individuals were taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, continuing an upward trend in drunk driving arrests in the state over the past 3 years.

Avoiding driving under the influence accidents

The Ad Council campaigns said that individuals who host and attend holiday celebrations can help in decreasing the number of drunk driving accidents. Psych Central recommends the following:

  • Don’t agree if friends force you to consume too much alcohol
  • Decide the amount of alcohol you are going to consume and don’t consume more than that
  • Prior to going to a party, designate a sober driver
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages to the guests

Even after taking these precautions, drunk driving crashes occur and if a person suffered injuries due to a drunk driver, then getting assistance from a DUI attorney is the best choice. Accidents can cause thousands of dollars in medical and property expenses which drunk drivers may be held liable for, a professional DUI lawyer can assist in understanding the right of an individual.

News Source: www.DigitalJournal.com

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