Congratulations to Tempe, AZ and the rest of the great Arizona state for a significant reduction in DUIs this past Thanksgiving weekend. That means more residents being responsible about preventing their close friends and family from drinking and driving. At The Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ we are always ready and willing to assist those involved in a DUI arrest, and are pleased that these situations have decreased over one of the busiest travel holidays on record. With so many travelers on the road, Arizona should feel proud for being more responsible.
According to azcentral.com, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety announced that the number of DUI arrests over this past Thanksgiving weekend decreased when compared to last year’s statistics. The number of DUI arrests around Arizona state totaled 372 this past Thanksgiving weekend, compared to 424 in 2013. Arizona officers also pulled over less vehicles overall – 9,110 this past Thanksgiving, as opposed to 10,214 in 2013.
However, it is important to note that while the number of arrests have reduced, there were reportedly an increase in arrests for aggravated and extreme DUIs among that number. Also noteworthy, the number of underage DUI arrests and DUI drug arrests decreased as well.
Nowadays, it’s the age of the rider service, and more and more Arizona citizens now have access to alternative traveling methods while intoxicated. They can hail a taxi, take advantage of ride-sharing smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft, or hitch rides from friends and family instead of their own car.
The DUI laws in Arizona are quite strict, and the consequences even more so. The holidays are notorious for drinking and driving, as more parties involve leisurely drinking. If you do drink a few with friends tonight, keep in mind of the consequences that you could face if you get behind the wheel and are pulled over and arrested.
If you have been pulled over multiple times for a DUI, keep in mind that a third DUI offense is turned into an Aggravated DUI and is a felony offense. Any fatal or injury accidents including alcohol can add other felony charges such as manslaughter, negligent homicide, and more. If you’re pulled over and found to have a BAC of .15% or above, the charges for DUI increase to Arizona Extreme charges, which hold even harsher penalties.
Underage drinking is unlawful enough, but an underage DUI also carries serious consequences that could ruin a teen or young adult’s life. With a zero tolerance policy, any driver under 21 caught intoxicated while behind the wheel could face heavy fines and have their license suspended for two years. If the arrested teen is under 18, there’s also a very real possibility of being sent to Juvenile Detention.
The Weingart Firm is proud that Thanksgiving DUIs decreased this year when compared to 2013, but know that we are ready and willing to assist with those who are facing DUI charges. If you are pulled over for any of the scenarios described above, contact us right away in Tempe, AZ. Our experienced team of attorneys will work hard to challenge the law enforcement’s probable cause for arrest, the results of administered BAC tests, or proof of physical control of the vehicle among many other successful defenses in the past. Remember, if pulled over for a DUI charge, you have the right to refuse a BAC test and contact us right away for further assistance.