Over the course of last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities, Peoria police were cracking down on drunk drivers. Fifty people were arrested in the West Valley last weekend, after Peoria police and a DUI task force set out to catch those driving under the influence, reports The Arizona Republic.
The task force was operated in conjunction with several other West Valley police departments. There was also a task force in effect in the East Valley, with Tempe and Chandler Police out on the prowl for DUI offenders.
According to the Tempe police department, there were 109 fatal St. Patrick's Day crashes in 2009, involving blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.
The West Valley DUI Task Force involved 33 officers from seven agencies. The DUI crackdown occurred across Peoria, starting on Saturday night and ending early Sunday morning.
During this time, officers made 344 stops. As for the arrests, 30 arrests constituted misdemeanor DUIs. Fourteen of the arrests were for extreme DUI. Six people were arrested on aggravated DUI charges.
In an Arizona misdemeanor DUI, a person is charged for driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more.
In the case of an Arizona Extreme DUI, a driver can be charged if his blood-alcohol content registers over 0.15. This is nearly twice the legal limit in Arizona.
An aggravated DUI in Arizona can arise when the driver has minors in the vehicle, drives under the influence with a suspended or revoked license, or is committing his third or subsequent DUI violation within a five-year period.
In addition to the drunk driving citations, police handed out 165 other citations, including consumption by a minor, driving under the influence of drugs and failure to wear a seatbelt.