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Labor Day DUI arrests close to 400 in Arizona

Looks like Arizona police were pretty busy this last week with almost 400 DUI arrests. So far these numbers are down from 2011 which saw 617 DUI related arrests. If you or someone you know was arrested for DUI please call the DMCantor now to get a free consultation at 602-560-4004.

From Azcentral.com:

Police statewide have arrested nearly 400 people on suspicion of DUI so far during heavy enforcement for Labor Day weekend, authorities said.

According to numbers released Sunday morning by the state Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, police have made 382 DUI arrests since Wednesday.

Of those, 40 arrests were for aggravated DUI, 342 for misdemeanor DUI, 115 were extreme DUI, which is a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher, and 62 drug DUI arrests, GOHS said.

Those numbers are down from last year’s holiday enforcement. Between Sept. 1 and 6, 2011, police arrested 617 people on suspicion of DUI, including 93 aggravated DUI, 524 misdemeanor DUI, 192 extreme DUI and 69 drug DUI, according to GOHS numbers.

The average blood-alcohol content is up from 0.149 last year to 0.155 this year.

Officers have stopped 7,875 people so far this year, compared to 13,839 last year. There have been 309 designated drivers this year, down from 673 last year.

Officers statewide will continue their saturation patrols, including around lakes and rivers, Sunday and Monday, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier said.

“Tomorrow’s a big day,” he said. “This is a big weekend for law enforcement, not to get people arrested but to keep people safe.”

Gutier said he expects this year’s numbers to increase as enforcement continues, but hopes they remain lower than last year’s, which he said means they’re getting the message out.

The highway safety office has worked with the Arizona Department of Transportation to display its safety messages on more than 100 digital message boards across the state highways and freeways. The messages remind people to wear their seat belts, ensure children are buckled into child-safety and booster seats, and to get a designated driver.

One message reads, “Drive hammered, get nailed. Get a DD, not a DUI,” while another urges motorists to “Buckle up Arizona, it’s the law.”

Officers have issued 246 seat-belt citations and 41 child-restraint citations so far this year, down from 443 and 59, respectively, last year.

“It’s a great message,” Gutier said. “I hope that people heed to it.”

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety state DUI enforcement efforts will be featured prominently in a 1-hour special airing on the National Geographic Channel at 10 p.m. Sunday that is part of the “Taboo” series. The episode also will include doctors treating people in emergency rooms.

It will use footage filmed over Labor Day weekend last year to highlight how Arizona officers enforce the state’s DUI laws. It will feature officers from the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa police departments, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety, as well as Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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