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DUI Arrest Statistics Fourth of July 2010 and Tips to Follow if Pulled over for DUI

Fourth of July is one of the busiest weekends for Police Officers and results in a substantial amount of DUI arrests.  According to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, over Fourth of July weekend 2010, 434 people were arrested for DUI; an increase from 350 DUI arrests over the Fourth of July in 2009 and 403 DUI arrests over the Fourth of July in 2008.  Of that total, 126 people were arrested for extreme DUI, forty-five (45) were arrested for aggravated DUI, and twenty-four (24) drivers under the age of twenty-one (21) were arrested for DUI.  Fifty-eight (58) people were arrested for DUI on the actual holiday July 4th, 2010.

If you are pulled over for DUI, follow these simple steps:

(1)   Provide the Officer with your driver’s license, insurance and registration and try not to fumble while locating these items;

(2)   Politely decline to take any field sobriety tests such as walking the line, saying your ABC’s, or holding your leg up while counting.  The law does not require that you take these tests and these tests will be used against you as evidence of DUI;

(3)   Politely refuse to allow the Officer to search your vehicle;

(4)   Politely decline to answer any questions. Explain to the Officer that you are only able to answer questions with your lawyer present;

(5)   If requested, you must provide a sample of blood, breath or urine, or you will face a twelve (12) month license suspension;

(6)   Cooperate with the Officer: do not make jokes, cry or apologize;

(7)   Most importantly, demand to be permitted to speak with your attorney.

If you are facing Arizona DUI charges, contact the Phoenix Arizona DUI lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.