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Labor Day Weekend Arizona DUI Arrests Drop

The number of Arizona DUI arrests over the Labor Day weekend dropped by over a third from last year’s number, but it could possibly be due to a lack of resources and not safer drivers, reports the Associated Press.

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety stated that 617 arrests were made from Thursday through Tuesday, a significant drop from 949 arrests in 2010. However, agency director Alberto Gutier attributed the drop to a decrease in the amount of officers involved in the statewide task force targeting drunk drivers, according to the Associated Press.

Labor Day weekend has reportedly become the most dangerous holiday for Arizona drivers, recording the highest amount of deaths out of the holidays. In order to combat the statistic, state and local law enforcement initiated several campaigns to target dangerous drivers.

Of the total number of arrests made over the Labor Day weekend, nearly one-third were for extreme DUIs, which are charged against drivers who have blood-alcohol levels of twice or more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Under Arizona state law, drivers convicted of an extreme DUI face a mandatory jail sentence of up to six months, a hefty fine, and the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

The Arizona DUI arrests over the Labor Day weekend also included 79 drivers who have had prior DUIs and 43 allegedly intoxicated drivers who were under the age of 21.

If you were arrested over the Labor Day weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence, you should consider contacting a Phoenix DUI attorney for a consultation. An experienced attorney can inform you of your legal rights and any potential defenses you may want to bring up in court.

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