Law enforcers in Pinal County said that they had the goal of keeping this year’s County Thunder Music Festival safe and free of drunk drivers. According to the arrest statistics released by KPHO News, it looks like the police were for the most part, successful with this goal.
The Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force reportedly arrested 20 people for misdemeanor DUI in Florence over the weekend of April 9-10. The task force, which consists of officers from various law enforcement agencies, also arrested two people for aggravated DUI and another person for DUI under the age of 21.
Records show that 29 people were arrested for minor alcohol consumption-related crimes and that 52 other arrests were made that consisted of both felony and misdemeanor offenses. The crackdown on DUI and alcohol-related crimes in Florence comes after statistics show that an average of 2.21 persons in Arizona are killed every day by an impaired driver. Hence, Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County has called for zero tolerance and high-visibility enforcement for drunk driving crimes.
Arizona is not a good state to get a DUI in as the Grand Canyon state has developed a reputation for having some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. Even a first-time DUI conviction in Arizona will result in penalties that include jail time, probation, fines, community service, alcohol education classes, and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
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