Last week we reported on how the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force stopped
cars and made arrests during the Thanksgiving weekend as a precursor to
the state's holiday
DUI enforcement program. Over the weekend, law enforcement officers continued their crackdown
and made more arrests.
According to a report by the Arizona Daily Star, more than 30 officers
were deployed in Tucson and throughout Pima County from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00
a.m. on Friday and Saturday evening in order to provide additional enforcement
of the state's DUI laws. Friday and Saturday evenings are notorious
for drunk driving accidents, which lead to the additional levels of enforcement.
Over the two day period, officers arrested 18 drivers on suspicion of
impaired driving after making 91 traffic stops. Two of the drivers arrested were under
the legal drinking age (21) and three other drivers were found to have
extreme BAC levels (over .15).
The traffic stops also lead to citations for seatbelt violations, child
restraint violations, more than 140 traffic violations as well as nine
underage drinking infractions that were not related to driving, but resulted
in misdemeanor arrests.
Officers note that several cars that were stopped had designated drivers;
a safety precaution that is commonly overlooked. Also there were no fatal
accidents during the enforcement period, which will likely lead safety
advocates to call for more drunk driving enforcement.
Aggressive enforcement will continue throughout the holiday season, and
drivers should be aware of similar enforcement actions in the greater
Phoenix metro area.
18 arrested in Pima County DUI sweep, December 2, 2012