DUI crackdowns begin Statewide

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PHOENIX – As part of a statewide DUI crackdown campaign, a large number of police officers will be present and on duty in Valley streets during the holiday season.

Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, said that his office has been doing the DUI crackdown for almost thirty years. “The beauty of it is that this particular one has both the East Valley and West Valley working together for a central location in Phoenix,” said Gutier.

The main focus of operation is at 28th Street and Indian School Road.

Through the end of the year, more than 80 police agencies will take part in the special patrols according to Gutier.

The East and West Valley DUI task forces are working to make 2 mobile command centers, where they can quickly process drivers caught for driving under the influence.

Officers will take blood and breath samples from suspects for intoxication tests to determine their BAC level. Individuals who refuse to give samples for tests will be kept in custody until they are forced to do so by a search warrant, automatically suspending their driver’s license for 12 months.

A DUI can cost a 1st time offender about $10,000, in Arizona.

“It’s a great message. Get a designated driver, or drive hammered and get nailed,” Gutier added.

News Source: www.AZFamily.com

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