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Holidays like Cinco de Mayo often bring out scores of people that don’t think about how they are getting home before they start drinking. Unfortunately, that is a significant mistake that can land you in jail.
Case in point, last May, 500 drunk drivers were arrested in Arizona, during Cinco de Mayo and the weekend before the holiday. Both May 5th and the weekend before are often celebrated heavily in the southwest with Mexican fare, including strong margaritas, tequila and beer.
To combat this, police initiated a DUI campaign that lead to more overall traffic stops and fewer DUI arrests. But officials still want to make drivers aware of the dangers. Despite fewer arrests in recent years, there are still a significant number of arrests, DUI convictions and accidents involving alcohol.
According to police, Arizona’s DUI task force was comprised of 1,880 officials in 2014. This was up from 1,420 the year before. In 2014, officers and deputies made more than 11,000 traffic stops and arrested 500 drivers on suspicion of drunk driving during the holiday weekend from May 1 to May 5.
Of the 500 arrests in 2014, 51 were aggravated DUIs and 155 were extreme DUIs, meaning blood-alcohol contents were well over the legal limit. The average BAC during Cinco de Mayo and the preceding weekend was .146 percent.
In Arizona, all DUI offenders, even first offenders, can face jail time and expensive fines. Clearly, DUI charges are serious but the ultimate results can last for years after the actual incident. However, all of this can be prevented by never getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Weingart Law Firm wants Arizona drivers to know about their important rights to remain silent; only provide certain documents such as insurance, registration and identification; and refuse to submit to all field sobriety tests. It is also highly recommended that blood tests are the only tests DUI suspects should agree to.
1) Have the number of a taxi service or similar services ready or have room for guests who have been drinking to stay.
2) Never let your friends drive home impaired.
3) Never serve alcohol to someone under 21 and never ask anyone under 21 to serve alcohol at parties.
4) Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
5) Reduce salty snacks, which make people thirsty and drink more.
6) Do not push drinks or drinking! Drinking at a party is not mandatory for having a good time.
7) In addition to regular drinks, offer non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
8) As guests RSVP for parties, confirm that they have a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver.
The biggest tip is to have fun, but know your limits. And most of all; do not get behind the wheel if you have had any alcohol. It is far better to be overly cautious and be safe than to be under-cautious and end up in serious DUI trouble!
Have you been arrested or charged with a DUI? Are facing serious penalties as a result of your DUI incident? If so, you need an experienced and aggressive DUI law firm working for you. Having exceptional DUI representation can make all the difference in your case, so contact us to have the knowledge and experience of the Weingart Firm on your side. Our team of DUI legal professionals understand how to navigate these types of cases and help produce the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us to schedule a free case review, and let us help you with your DUI case today.