Hundreds of law enforcement officers are expected to patrol streets from Mesa to Glendale during this holiday season as part of a statewide crackdown on driving under the influence (DUI).
According to Alberto Gutier, director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS), law enforcement officers have been conducting DUI patrols and checkpoints for about 30 years in the state of Arizona. In Arizona, if you are one of the drivers arrested and charged as a part of holiday DUI patrols it is important that you should consult experienced Arizona DUI lawyers like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.
In Maricopa County, Gutier was quoted in news reports about law enforcement agencies working together in this annual effort. "The beauty of it is that this particular one has both the East Valley and West Valley working together for a central location in Phoenix," he said.
This year's holiday DUI operation is based at 28th Street and Indian School Road with more than 80 police agencies participating in the special patrols through the end of the year. According to AZGOHS, the East and West Valley DUI task forces will have up two mobile command centers, where drivers who are suspected to be under the influence can quickly processed.
Law enforcement officers who are investigating whether drivers are DUI will utilize blood and breath tests designed to determine the blood alcohol concentration of drivers. Should drivers refuse to submit to the tests they will be detained until a search warrant can be obtain from a judicial officer. Also, your driver's license will be automatically suspended for a period of one year.
AZGOHS recently awarded three separate grants totaling $75,300 to the Traffic Unit and Crime Lab at Chandler Police Department. The grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and to conduct training, designed to aid in the enforcement, processing and conviction of impaired drivers. The equipment purchase will include a LiveScan fingerprinting system, two hydrogen generators and 15 portable breath test devices.
The LiveScan fingerprinting system has been installed in the department's DUI Mobile Processing Vehicle. The $25,000 grant for the LiveScan is expected to save time for law enforcement officers during the processing portion of a DUI arrest.
Gas chromatographs are used during the crime lab processing of blood to determine the alcohol concentration in a suspect's blood at the time it was obtained. The two hydrogen generators, purchased under a grant totaling $37,617, will produce the hydrogen necessary for this testing process. A grant of $5,300 provided funding for training of three crime lab personnel on chemical testing and accreditation protocol.
The addition of 15 portable breath testing devices will provide the department's Traffic Unit with the latest technology. This $7,375 grant will also provide patrol officers with an additional tool for DUI detection with the shift of the department's existing portable breath testers from the Traffic Unit to patrol teams.
In the state of Arizona, DUI charges the cost for a first-time offender may be about $10,000. Thus, AZGOHS is urging holiday celebrants to use a designated driver. The message from AZGOHS is "drive hammered and get nailed."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.