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Arizona plans to crack down on drunk driving over the winter holidays

During the winter holidays, Arizona authorities plan to crack down on drunk driving.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Arizona plans to crack down on drunk driving over the winter holidays

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Recently, various police departments across Arizona announced their annual statewide holiday drunk driving enforcement initiative at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. The holiday drunk driving enforcement program started in 1995. Most of the funding for the initiative comes from grants supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The number of drunk driving arrests has been on the rise. In fact, there was a significant increase in charges occurring between 2010 and 2011, according to However, it is important to recognize that a spike in arrests does not necessarily equate to a jump in the number of actual offenses. Nevertheless, the increase in numbers does suggest that more and more police are cracking down on the crime. Specifically, state officials report the number of stops jumped from 228,146 to 702,921 between the years 2010 and 2011. Since then, annual traffic detentions and arrests keep rising, according safety statistics. For example, 2013 has brought in 637,766 traffic stops and 22,330 arrests for drunk driving.

Law enforcement personnel from various police departments across the state attended the recent law enforcement gathering at the Arizona State Capitol, including departments from Gila County, Tempe, Nogales, Salt River and Wickenburg. The program also included anti-impaired driving organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving.

Avoid charges in the holiday season

Thanksgiving is complete; however, there are many more celebrations on the calendar. Christmas and the New Year are approaching, and there will be a plethora of celebratory events in the area. Many festivities come equipped with copious amounts of food, as well as an overabundance of alcoholic beverages.

With the holiday initiative in place, authorities will stop at nothing to pull over motorists suspected of driving under the influence. If you know that you will be attending a holiday party over the next few months, certainly engage in fun with your friends and family. However, be safe about it. You do not want to reap the consequences of a drunk driving offense on your record. A cab is probably a better option.

However, even if you take appropriate precautions to avoid a charge, you may nevertheless be slapped with an accusation. If this is the case, do not panic. Your best bet is to seek legal assistance. Remember: just because you were charged, this does not mean you are guilty. A reputable criminal defense attorney can work with you to assert any relevant rights.

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