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Rising numbers of designated drivers in Arizona

Rising numbers of designated drivers in Arizona

Over the Labor Day weekend Phoenix Police Officers searching for suspected DUI offenders in Arizona kept a pleasant statistic, the number of sober designated drivers.  Early estimates indentified seven hundred and thirty four (734) designated drivers throughout an eighteen (18) day effort by Police Officers. In previous efforts to track designated drivers officers counted nearly 1,500 sober  drivers last year between Thanksgiving and New Years 2010. Although the numbers of designated drivers have increased, unfortunately so have the number of intoxicated drivers detained during the 18 day study. Despite a DUI Task Force of five thousand additional officers to stop more drunk drivers only 400 more offenders were detained.