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Arizona residents driving hammered get nailed during holiday season

Posted by Craig Penrod | Dec 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The holiday season began with people across the state of Arizona participating in holiday festivities prior to ringing in the New Year. To often a time of joy for many can turn tragic in an instant as this is one of the most dangerous times for people to be on the roads of Arizona. Increased holiday traffic, winter weather conditions and driving under the influence (DUI) can result in a potentially deadly situation.

DUI is a serious problem in Arizona, Tempe, Phoenix and other communities in Maricopa County. That's why it is important that you consult experienced Arizona DUI lawyers like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety report over 30,000 DUI arrests during 2012. As a result, at least one sobriety checkpoint may be conducted by law enforcement agencies each month. The theory is that checkpoints help to prevent DUIs resulting in traffic accidents, especially during the holiday season, when an increase in drinking and driving can be anticipated.

In an attempt to save lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ad Council jointly created a public awareness campaign. "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," is an effort to reduce the increasing number of DUI-related traffic fatalities around the country. The previous "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign was estimated to have saved thousands of lives. The "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" campaign has been designed to increase awareness that drinking any amount of alcohol may affect the judgment, coordination, vision and reaction time of drivers, thus increasing the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents.

Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the state of Arizona along with other states reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The Arizona Republic reported a year ago that the average BAC for individuals who were arrested for DUI in Arizona was 0.15 percent. For the period of Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve in 2012, an upward trend in DUI arrests in the state over the past three years was confirmed as there were more than 4,300 people arrested on charges of DUI.

There are several ways in which to prevent DUI-related traffic accidents. As the Ad Council campaigns have suggested, the hosts and and persons who attend holiday gatherings can assist in preventing DUI-related traffic accidents. These recommendations from Psych Central make sense:

  • Simply say no when friends pressure you to drink more alcoholic beverages;
  • Have a plan that sets limits on how many drinks you have and refuse go above it;
  • Have a sober driver designated prior to attending a holiday gathering; and
  • If you are a host, you should offer non-alcoholic beverages when hosting a holiday gathering.

Despite your best precautions, DUI-related traffic accidents can and will happen. Anyone may become involved in a traffic accident at any time. If you or a loved one has become involved in a DUI or a DUI-related traffic accident, it is important that your DUI legal situation should be handled by expert professionals with the experience possessed by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C. Our office offers free consultations for all DUI and criminal matters. Our Arizona DUI attorneys and Arizona criminal lawyers can provide you with the experience and knowledge needed for qualified representation. An experienced Arizona DUI lawyer is vital in DUI cases and our DUI attorneys set that standard. If you're in need of a criminal defense, our Arizona criminal attorneys are ready to assist you.

About the Author

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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