Arizona Labor Day Weekend DUI Arrests Decline
According to reports from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), there were fewer driving under the influence (DUI) arrests over the Labor Day weekend than in the previous two years.
Drilling Down to the Specifics
Of the nearly 8,500 stops made during the long weekend, 266 motorists were arrested for DUI. The average blood-alcohol level of those arrested was 0.146 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08 percent. In 2015, just over 15,000 motorists were stopped. 2014 saw similar numbers. Out of those, 700 were arrested for DUI in 2014 and less than 500 in 2015.
What’s Caused the DUI Arrests Decline ?
While it’s already been proven that Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the land, police departments throughout the state blanketed roads with saturation patrols over the Labor Day weekend. Alberto Gutier, director of the GOHS, said “The main thing we wanted to do was to send a message to the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.” DUI arrests declined – obviously the message was successful. Going into the long weekend, Gutier said, “Drink all you want and have fun. But if you are impaired and know you are impaired, call a friend (rather than) getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
Facing DUI Charges? Call The Oswalt Law Group – Even If You’re Innocent
Anyone who is pulled over for suspicion of DUI should be aware of their rights to the fullest. Significant financial costs and trouble can come from DUI charges – even if you are ultimately found to be not guilty. By merely facing the possibility of DUI charges, your driver’s license may be in jeopardy of being pulled within 15 days of your traffic stop. If you are found to be guilty, you’ll most likely be looking at steep fines and jail time. Play things the smart way. As soon as you’re able, call The Oswalt Law Group. We specialize in representing Arizona drivers facing DUI charges, and can be the difference maker in having your charges reduced or thrown out altogether. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (602) 225-2222.