4th of July Weekend DUI Stats

As of Saturday July 3rd, halfway through the 4Th of July holiday, the number of people arrested for drunk driving had already surpassed the entire weekends numbers in 2009.  The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported that 376 people had been arrested, a number which is expected to be even higher by Tuesday, July 6Th.  One year ago authorities made 350 total DUI arrests for the whole weekend, in total the Arizona Highway Patrol has made 6,658 traffic stops. Compared to 3,671 traffic stops in 2009.  Police Officials cited the state-wide police effort to crack down on DUI offenses in Arizona as 793 officers were pulled from 16 different Arizona DUI Task Forces.  In 2009 only 428 officers were on duty for the Fourth of July weekend.  Police have also kept a running tally of designated drivers as well, so far that number is at 183.  Also the average blood-alcohol content had risen from .149 to .150, as well as the number of citations, 2,567 given in 2010 compared with 1,851 in 2009.

Here is the breakdown:

Year 2010 2009
DUI Arrests 376* 350
Traffic Stops 6,658 3,761
Officers on Duty 793 428
BAC (Average) .150 .149

*Represents the total DUI Arrests as of July 3rd, 2010.