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Arizona residents arrested for drunk driving last year during holiday season

Drunk driving is a serious problem in Arizona, with the state Governor's Office of Highway Safety reporting over 30,000 DUI arrests in 2012.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The holiday season has officially begun, with people across the country celebrating Thanksgiving and moving on to festivities in December before ringing in the New Year. While this is a joyous time for many, it can also be tragic. This time of year is one of the most dangerous times for people to be on the roads - with increased holiday traffic, winter weather conditions and drunk drivers creating a potentially deadly combination.

Drunk driving is a serious problem in Arizona, with the state Governor's Office of Highway Safety reporting over 30,000 DUI arrests in 2012. For this reason, state law allows at least one sobriety checkpoint to be conducted by law enforcement a month, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration. Checkpoints help to prevent drunk driving accidents, especially during the holiday season, when increased drinking and driving is anticipated.

Buzzed driving campaign aims to save lives

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have created the public awareness campaign, "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," in an effort to reduce the increasing amount of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the country. Their previous "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign remains well known to this day, and was estimated to have saved thousands of lives. The new campaign aims to raise awareness that drinking any amount of alcohol can affect a driver's judgment, coordination, vision and reaction time, increasing the risk of an accident, says the New York Daily News.

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended Arizona and other states lower their legal blood alcohol content limit to 0.05 percent. Last holiday season, the average blood alcohol content of those arrested for DUI in Arizona was 0.15 percent, according to AZCentral. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve in 2012, more than 4,300 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI, continuing an upward trend in drunk driving arrests in the state over the past three years.

Preventing drunk driving accidents

As the Ad Council campaigns suggest, people who host and attend holiday celebrations can help to prevent drunk driving accidents. Psych Central recommends the following:
- Just say no when pressured by friends to drink more alcohol.
- Plan ahead of time to drink a set limit, and don't go above it.
- Designate a sober driver before attending a party.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverage options when hosting a party.

Despite the best precautions, drunk driving accidents can and do occur. Anyone can get into an auto accident at any time. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a drunk driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. Accidents can cause thousands of dollars in medical and property expenses, which drunk drivers may be held liable for. An attorney can help you understand your rights.

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