State and local police departments throughout the state of Arizona will be out in full force over the July 4th weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.
The effort is part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety DUI Traffic Enforcement Program, a statewide effort to reduce the number of traffic collisions and keep the roads safer. The increased enforcement will begin on Friday, July 1st and continue throughout the weekend.
Police agencies all over the state of Arizona say drivers should be aware that multiple checkpoints are likely to be set up throughout Maricopa County and all over the state.
Officers say it is of vital importance to choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use a ride sharing service such as Uber.
During each holiday weekend, officers throughout the state end up making at least 400 arrests on DUI charges. More recently, the Department of Public Safety has begun using what they describe as “ghost cars,” undercover DUI enforcement vehicles that look just like any other vehicle on the road.
Earlier this month, State Trooper Pedro Rodriguez intentionally ran his cruiser into a car driven by a wrong-way driver, who was suspected of being under the influence. Police say situations such as this underscore the importance of staying sober if you plan on driving over the holiday weekend.
On the other hand, the increased number of arrests could lead to people being taken into custody who are not impaired by alcohol. Arizona is home to some of the harshest DUI laws in the country, which means even the slightest levels of detectable alcohol could lead to an arrest.
Award-winning DUI Attorney Brian Sloan says anyone who believes they may have been wrongfully pulled over or charged with DUI should consult with a DUI attorney in Phoenix or the surrounding area.
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