Arizona Law Enforcement Launches Holiday DUI Enforcement
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Dec 05, 2016 in Auto Accidents
Arizona law enforcement officials have launched annual holiday DUI enforcement and sober designated driver campaigns in an effort to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season.
Federal, state and local officials have teamed up for heightened enforcement through New Year’s to make Arizona’s streets a safer place for motorists and pedestrians. More than 9,000 law enforcement officers are expected to monitor the roads.
Officials have stated that impaired driving has now become a social problem as much as a law enforcement issue. With drunk driving deaths at a three-year high, officials are calling for drunk driving to become socially unacceptable.
In 2015, the state reported more than 25,000 drunk driving arrests. Phoenix police have reportedly made 1,900 DUI arrests so far in 2016. There were 330 DUI arrests made during the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 23-26, an increase of 16 arrests compared to last year.
Arizona law enforcement agencies feel there is an urgent need to ensure safer roads this holiday season and into the New Year.
Wrong-way collisions are also a significant concern for Arizona state officials. Although this type of accident comprises of only three percent of total accidents, wrong-way collisions are 27 percent more likely to cause a fatal accident and are responsible for more than 400 traffic deaths in the U.S. each year.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has been working diligently to reduce wrong-way driving by installing signs that turn red when a motorist begins to travel the wrong way and a pilot project that utilizes sensors and cameras to detect drunk drivers.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a driver that was impaired, contact the car accident attorneys at the Phillips Law Group. Our attorneys will review your case in a free consultation to determine if you are entitled to compensation and will not charge you any fees unless you receive a fair outcome.