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4,371 DUI Arrests Made Statewide During Holiday Season

During the 2012 holiday season, Arizona police officers arrested 4,371 people statewide on suspicion of DUI, according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  Of the nearly 4,400 people arrested on suspicion of DUI between November 24 and January 1, 1,098 were suspected of extreme DUI, 450 were suspected of aggravated DUI, and 934 were suspected of drug-related DUI.  The average blood-alcohol content of those arrested during the holidays was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

While the number of DUI arrests during the 2012 holiday season was the highest of the past three years, so was the number of designated drivers.  The Highway Safety office reported 1,964 designated drivers this year, a small improvement over 1,927 designated drivers in 2011, and 1,391 designated drivers in 2010.

During 2012, Arizona police officers arrested a total of 27,710 people on suspicion of DUI.