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There’s nothing like coming back to work after a three day weekend. While Memorial Day provides us with a day of remembrance for those we have lost in the armed forces, it also tends to be a day of barbecues and, by extension, drinking. It is for this reason that the yearly holiday has long been associated with a high rate of reported DUIs. When we warned our many current and prospective clients two weeks ago about the dangers of drunk driving during the three day weekend, we assumed that this year would be no different. However, reports are showing that the amount of Memorial Day DUI arrests is actually lower this year than it was last year.
Throughout the state of Arizona, 216 DUI arrests were made from the start of Friday, May 22nd until the end of Saturday, May 23rd. This is a hundred less than the 316 DUI arrests made during the same period of time last year. And, only 69 of those arrests were classified as extreme DUI, which is what it is called when a driver has a blood alcohol level of over .15. This is almost a third less than last years 90 extreme DUI arrests.
While most of the statistics regarding Memorial Day weekend DUI arrests fell when compared to last years numbers, two numbers were higher this year than last. Those numbers are the amount of minors driving under the influence, which was up by 55 percent, and the overall level of intoxication, which was up to .146 from the .139 from last year. Overall, 6,131 traffic stops were made during this two day period, which resulted in officers contacting 216 designated drivers.
For those who were charged with DUI, they are facing many different consequences for their actions. For a first time offense of an extreme DUI, the driver can face up to 45 days in jail and a fine of at least $2,500. Not only that, but they will be required to complete an alcohol and drug screening, treatment, and education program, as well as participate in community service. Lastly, they will have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle, which they will need to pay for. As you can see, the state of Arizona does not mess around when it comes to driving under the influence, which is part of the reason why it is so heavily recommended that you use a designated driver or taxi service if you intend to drink out of walking distance from your home.
Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the country, making them a bit of a mess to navigate and understand on your own. For over 24 years, our office has existed to represent the people of Arizona who are being charged with DUI. As such, we have the experience and know how to get you through this situation. If you have been charged with a DUI, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation today.