DUI Drivers Beware When Driving Impaired in Arizona
With a crackdown on drunk driving in Arizona over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, 389 Arizona residents found themselves arrested for DUI. This number was a slight increase from last year’s DUI arrests of 361. However, this number is still less than Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day or St. Patrick’s Day weekends this year.
Statistics on DUI Driving in Arizona
With an increase in the number of law enforcement officers to 1,600 during the holiday weekend, Arizona saw the number of citations for traffic violations increase tremendously. There were a total of 8,190 traffic stops from July 3rd to July 5th. Of that number, 354 of those stopped for driving under the influence were deemed sober drivers and 389 were arrested for DUI. The average blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.154, a slight increase from last year’s BAC of 0.146. Other known traffic violations for the holiday weekend included 181 seat belt violations; 74 child restraint citations, which was twice the number from last year; 181 speeding citations; four aggressive driving citations; 1,422 civil speed citations; and 2,512 other citations not related to speeding. Even with the vast number of DUI arrests over the July 4th holiday weekend, this was the lowest number of DUI arrests for holiday weekends in 2014. Cinco de Mayo had the most arrests, with 500 drivers being charged with DUI, followed closely by Memorial Day with 495 DUI arrests, and 413 arrests for DUI over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The experienced attorneys at the Oswalt Law Group understand that Arizona DUI law is complicated. A defendant’s outcome is often better when experienced attorneys like the ones at Oswalt Law Group are on the case from the beginning. In many cases, a defendant only has 15 days to request a hearing with the DMV, so obtaining proper representation quickly is key to a successful defense. In addition, a driver may be charged with felony DUI if certain conditions apply, even if the driver is a first-time offender. The attorneys at Oswalt Law Group understand the applications of the law and are ready to represent you in your DUI case. If you have been arrested for DUI in the Arizona area, contact the Oswalt Law Group. With extensive experience in DUI cases, the attorneys at the Oswalt Law Group can help you defend yourself from jail time, fines and other penalties. They understand the unique Arizona DUI laws and offer experienced criminal defense attorneys in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Call them today for a free consultation.