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In our last article, DUI attorney Mark Weingart and the rest of his colleagues at The Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ discussed some of the weirdest driving laws from around the world as well as here in the states.
Today we want to talk about some new up and coming events in the world of DUI law and enforcement.
There is a new DUI sheriff in town. Well, at least the DUI sheriffs are riding in some new vehicles.
Recently, the Avondale, AZ Police Department was granted an impressive $44,000 to finance some new, and very much needed, DUI enforcement vehicles. The grant was given to Avondale PD by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in order to help them identify and apprehend people driving under the influence as well as aggressive driving behavior on community streets. The new vehicles are unmarked in an effort to help police survey driving activity when offensive drivers think law enforcement is not present.
According to Sgt. Brandon Busse, Avondale PD made 224 DUI arrests with the help of these new vehicles. A staggering 80 of these arrests were classified as extreme DUI cases with the offender having a blood-alcohol content of 0.150. In addition to this, another twenty-one people were arrested for aggravated DUI, in which the driver of the vehicle either had children under the age of fifteen in the car with them at the time of their arrest, was operating the vehicle with a canceled, restricted or revoked license, has at least two prior existing DUI convictions within the last two years or had no ignition interlock device for the vehicle being used.
Here in Tempe, things are very similar. The Tempe Police Department had unveiled three new DUI enforcement vehicles which were also funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. These SUV’s will also be unmarked in order to help police identify drunk drivers when they think law enforcement is not present.
Tempe PD plans to use these new DUI enforcement vehicles in the East Valley DUI Task Force. This task force begins in November and runs through New Year’s Day. Its goal is to lessen the amount of drunk drivers on the road during the holidays, which is when law enforcement usually sees a noticeable spike in DUI activity.
If you are thinking about getting on the road while being intoxicated anytime soon in Arizona, we suggest you think again. You will be spotted, you will be caught, and you will be made to suffer the consequences that a DUI conviction brings.
However, if you do find yourself in the grips of a DUI offense, give us a call here at The Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ and we will work with you to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your offense.