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DUI arrests during 2013 in the state of Arizona fall for first time in decade

Posted by Craig Penrod | Jan 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Source: Arizona Governor's Office of Traffic Safety

Law enforcement officers made 3,000 fewer DUI arrests in 2013 than in 2012 due to beefed-up efforts aimed at limiting driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Arizona.

In Tempe, Phoenix or other communities in Maricopa County, it is important that you consult experienced Arizona DUI lawyers like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS), the total number of DUIs in the state of Arizona decreased in 2013 for the first time in the past 10-years. The new data was compiled by AZGOHS, which coordinates a statewide task force of law enforcement officers which targets DUIs.

AZGOHS data indicated that the DUI task force made 29,163 DUI arrests during 2013. That was a decrease of more than 3,000 DUI arrests when compared with 32,171 DUI arrests recorded during 2012. Extreme DUIs fell to 7,110 from 9,001. The average blood alcohol concentration (BAC) remained at 0.151 percent and DUIs committed by persons under the age of 21 fell by 229. According to AZGOHS, authorities made nearly 4,000 DUI arrests during the 2013 holiday season, which started on Nov. 25 and concluded on Dec. 31.

The DUI arrests came on 83,061 total traffic stops and the average BAC of 0.145 percent was nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Nearly 25 percent of those arrests were for extreme DUI, 0.15 percent BAC or higher and 337 of the total number of arrests had a prior DUI arrest. The number of DUIs for persons under the age of 21 rose to 210 from 187.

While most of the offenses that were tracked by the task force during 2013 decreased when compared to totals reported during 2012, the task force reported an increase in child-restraint citations, which grew to 4,288 from 3,671.

The task force also reported that the total number of traffic stops conducted during 2013 were about 765,000, down from more than 875,000 traffic stops conducted during 2012. AZGOHS said the lower number of traffic stops was due in part to about 5,000 fewer officers and deputies participating in the task force.

Alberto Gutier, director of AZGOHS, attributed the lower number of drivers being investigated for DUI to the public's better understanding of knowing legal limits and their realization of the consequences for driving under the influence rather than the reduction in officers and deputies participating in the task force. “More people are aware and are getting the message,” Gutier said. “I'm glad.”

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.

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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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