Arizona agencies gear up for holiday DUI task force
by William Hermann – Nov. 30, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Arizona law officers are serious about arresting drivers who get a little too happy during the holidays.
More than 70 Arizona law agencies and thousands of officers will participate in the Statewide Holiday DUI Enforcement Task Force this year, with the goal of getting drunken drivers off the road.
On Tuesday, Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutiersaid this year's motto, “Drive Hammered … Get Nailed!” embodies “our determination to protect the public.”
Gutier used $1.1 million of earmarked federal dollars to buy six DUI processing vehicles.
Phoenix acting Police Chief Joe Yahner said each processing vehicle “makes everything faster.”
“We can do blood and breath testing right in the vehicle and get our people back on the road,” Yahner said. “It's a huge time-saver.”
Last year in Arizona, there were 581 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 33 fatalities, and police made 18,244 DUI arrests.