Increased DUI Enforcement In Arizona This Holiday Season
Almost 4,000 individuals have been taken into custody for drunken driving in Arizona in the holidays over the past several years due to which, politicians and police leaders came together on Tuesday to give a simple message: “Get a designated driver”.
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has been giving a constant message for several years which is the state agency that gives funding for task forces that operate throughout Arizona and officials believe the message is paying off.
In the last 3 years, the number of sober designated drivers that police contacted raised by 28 percent even as the total number of drivers contacted decreased by about 10%, as shown by data from the Office of Highway Safety.
Gov.-elect Doug Ducey showed the sentiment when he took to a podium on the Capitol Lawn with law enforcement officials all around him from all over the state. People who enforce the law are the reason why Arizona is one of the strictest states in the nation on stopping driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, he added.
He also said, “I want people to enjoy themselves this holiday season, but be responsible. Make the right choice to not drink and drive”.
In the years 2012, almost 600 drivers were taken into custody for driving under the influence charges by police officers during the Thanksgiving holiday. Among the arrested individuals, more than 4,000 suspected DUI drivers picked up during the whole holiday season.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Robert Halliday, the number increased to almost 4,400 drivers in the 2013 holiday season, which extends from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, partially due to an increase in officers taking part in the DUI task forces to stop DUI drivers.
News Source: www.AzCentral.com