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2011 Holiday Task Force

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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.

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Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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