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DUI Arrests Rise for Ninth Straight Year to 27K in 2011

The total number of Arizona DUI arrests rose for the ninth straight year last year, reports KVOA.com.

Considering there were only 1,229 reported DUI arrests in 2003, the 27,125 DUI arrests reportedly made in 2011 represent a significant increase over the years. In fact, the number represents a big jump from just the previous year of 2010 in which 19,353 DUI arrests were made, according to statistics released by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Does this mean Arizona roads are getting worse with an influx of drunk drivers?

In response to previous reports of risky Arizona roads, state officials have argued that the number has increased because Arizona’s DUI laws have become stricter and DUI enforcement has become more effective.

DUI arrests reportedly rose across the different types of DUI crimes. Extreme DUI arrests of drivers who had blood-alcohol content levels above 0.15 percent increased from 5,926 in 2010 to 7,631 in 2011. Under-21 DUI arrests rose from 897 to 1,293 during the same periods, according to KVOA.com.

In fact, the only area that did drop from 2010 was the average blood-alcohol content level of arrested drunk drivers from 0.153 to 0.151 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

Given the fact that Arizona’s DUI laws and penalties are among the strictest in the nation, it sounds like Arizona’s DUI attorneys were very busy last year. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you should consider contacting a DUI attorney about your case and possible defenses. An extreme DUI conviction alone could get you mandatory jail time of no less than thirty days, license suspension for 90 days, and $2,500 in fines and assessments.

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