Another year is quickly passing us by and with it has come and gone another Independence Day. The 4th of July is a day synonymous with freedom, barbecues, and alcohol. Unfortunately, Independence Day also has a reputation for being one of the deadliest holiday weekends when it comes to traffic fatalities. It is for this reason that Arizona has really stepped up their 4th of July weekend game and worked hard to catch anyone caught driving over the legal limit. And, this tactic is starting to pay off. Today, Mark Weingart is blogging from his office to talk the 4th of July weekend DUI statistics that were just released.
Statistics released by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety on Monday showed that there was a significant drop in DUI arrests this year as compared to last year. This year, 443 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances that can impair driving ability. Of these arrests, 151 were for drivers with a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater. This is a 20 percent drop when compared with the statistics for last years 4th of July weekend. Despite the fact that officers made 135 more traffic stops this year when compared to last year, the number of arrests was still lower.
Not only did the overall amount of DUI arrests drop, but these numbers dropped for all categories of DUI. This includes arrests for aggravated DUI, misdemeanor DUI, extreme DUI, DUI with a prior conviction, minor DUI, and even DUI drug arrests. Needless to say, officers are very pleased to see that their efforts to decrease the amount of DUIs in the state of Arizona is starting to show results. This weekend’s results were the work of 1,887 police members who stopped a staggering total of 11,385 cars.
These results continue a trend in the decline of DUI-related arrests. In fact, the amount of DUI arrests made has dropped from 32,174 in 2012 to the 29,250 made last year. Slowly but surely, people are starting to realize that the state of Arizona simply will not tolerate drivers who operate their vehicles while under the influence of an impairing substance. With services like taxis and Uber available, there is now very little excuse to drive while intoxicated. And, rest assured, if you are caught driving under the influence, you will face the consequences.
If you did happen to be arrested for a DUI this 4th of July weekend and reside in Pheonix, Scottsdale, or Tempe, AZ, The Weingart Firm may be able to help. Mark Weingart has worked for 35 years now to help the citizens of Arizona deal with their DUI cases. If you would like to find out what we can do for you, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation case evaluation with Mark Weingart today. With our help, you can rest assured that you will have the best possible assistance for getting through this trying time.