4th of July Weekend DUI Arrests in Arizona
It is a well-known fact that the number of DUI arrests in Arizona increases over holidays like the 4th of July weekend. The festive period wasn’t an exception in 2018 and Arizona law enforcement professionals carried out a big number of arrests.
The 4th of July Weekend in 2018: Nearly 300 DUI Arrests in Arizona
While Arizona police does issue warnings for people who get behind the wheel on official holidays, there still seems to be a high DUI incidence rate.
Over the Fourth of July holiday, Arizona patrols made over 200 DUI arrests in 2018. The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported that 11,395 traffic stops occurred on July 3 and 4. These stops resulted in 289 arrests, 62 of them being for extreme DUI.
Seven of the drivers arrested were under the age of 21. The average BAC for drivers over the Fourth of July weekend was reported as 0.165, an increase from 0.159 on an annual basis. The good news is that the number of arrests has gone down from the 539 arrests that occurred over the same period in 2017.
The weekend-long law enforcement efforts involved 1,726 police officers. On top of the DUI arrests, there were 233 arrests for non-related driving offenses.
Arrest Numbers Are Down but the Trend Is Still Troublesome
As the annual comparison suggests, the number of DUI arrests has gone down significantly but it’s a fact that many people still decide to operate a vehicle on holidays after consuming alcohol. Drunk driving can be deadly, which is why refraining from vehicle operation or having a designated driver for the holidays will still be the smartest thing to do.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that July 4 is the deadliest day in the year for people on the road. The days leading up to the holiday rank close behind as far as fatal statistics go.
According to the institute, 592 deaths occurred on the road on July 4 in the period from 2010 to 2014. The national average for traffic accidents is 90 fatalities per day, which establishes the holiday figures as much higher (118.4 deaths per day).
The second worst day is January 1 – it is characterized by 118.2 deaths on the road. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, alcohol consumption is the number one contributing factor to deaths on the road during holidays. Of all July 4 traffic deaths, 47 percent were caused by intoxicated drivers. The same applies to 62 percent of crashes occurring on January 1.
Unfortunately, celebrities have contributed to the troublesome statistics. The Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was arrested on DUI suspicions on July 4, 2018. According to media reports, Keim was observed driving erratically and was pulled over by police officers. There was a strong alcohol odor coming from the vehicle, the police report reads. He was processed and released the same day. Further information about the incident is yet to be released.
July 4 contributes to a grim statistical observation that has started in Arizona in the beginning of 2018. Since January of the year, 487 traffic fatalities have already occurred. Over Memorial Day weekend alone, 481 people were arrested on DUI suspicions. Of all arrests, 68 were for aggravated DUI and 101 – for extreme DUI.
The percentage of people arrested for driving under the influence of drugs has also been increasing steadily over the past few years, official reports suggest.
Over the course of 2017, Arizona carried out 26,296 DUI arrests. The number is similar to statistics for 2016 – 26,060 arrests. Figures for 2018 so far show a slight decrease in averages and hopefully, the number of DUI accidents and fatalities will go down because of increased awareness and law enforcement measures. Don’t forget to consult an experienced DUI lawyer when facing a DUI arrest.