Arizona Traffic Stops Up, DUIs Down This Holiday Season

The Arizona 2001 Holiday DUI Task Force is composed of nearly 6,500 law enforcement officers and volunteers. Their goal is to reduce the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities on Arizona roads this holiday. Their motto is “Get Hammered . . . Get Nailed.”

The task force reported that, between November 24th and December 24th, law enforcement conducted 46,194 traffic stops. This is an increase of more than 12,000 stops compared to last year.  Despite the fact that law enforcement performed more stops, the number of DUI arrests decreased. In 2010, there were 2,986 DUI arrests for this time period. In 2011, there were only 2,840. There were also 18,322 non-DUI related citations given.

The average blood-alcohol level of 2011 DUI arrestees was 0.149. The task force reported that they gave 171 DUIs to persons under age 21, which is an increase from 144 in 2010. There were 439 DUI drug arrests, which is down from 461 in 2010.

The prosecution still has the burden in all of these arrests to prove that the person arrested is guilty of DUI. Each of these arrests may not result in a conviction. The law considers every person to be innocent until they are proven guilty.

If you were arrested for DUI this holiday season, contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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