As Golf Scores Go Lower at Phoenix Open, DUIs Rise, According to Arizona DUI Lawyers Corso & Rhude

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Arizona DUI lawyers John Rhude and Christopher Corso know all too well the dangers drunk driving can bring during the Phoenix Open. The pair used to prosecute Arizona DUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office before founding Corso & Rhude in 2007.

Arizona DUI lawyers John Rhude and Christopher Corso know all too well the dangers drunk driving can bring during the Phoenix Open.

The tournament is always fun. But while fans root for lower and lower scores, the DUI arrests tend to go higher and higher during tournament week.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most popular PGA tour stops in the country, known for top-notch golf and even more serious partying, which has led Arizona police departments to crack down on drunk drivers.

Arizona DUI lawyers John Rhude and Christopher Corso know all too well the dangers drunk driving can bring during the Phoenix Open. The pair used to prosecute Arizona DUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office before founding Corso & Rhude in 2007.

“The tournament is always fun, especially with players like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in the mix,” Rhude said. “But while fans root for lower and lower scores, the DUI arrests tend to go higher and higher during tournament week.”

The Scottsdale Police Department offered 2,100 Breathalyzer tests in 2014 and 60 DUI related arrests, Sgt. Tom Jensen said, according to ABC 15 in an article published Jan. 30, 2014. The previous year, approximately 600 tests were taken, leading to 120 arrests.

Many spectators drink all day, which is why Valley police departments from Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Tempe have joined forces the past several years to crack down on drunk driving near the event with the “Know Your Limit” campaign.

Police at the event warn attendees to find a safe way home after the tournament, going as far as offering breathalyzer tests to show impaired partygoers that they can’t get behind the wheel.

The Phoenix Open is notorious for rowdy spectators drinking at the 16th hole, where thousands of fans can get up and close and watch celebrity athletes, as well as the Coors Light Birds Nest where big-name performers take the stage several nights in a row.

“There’s no denying the Phoenix Open gathers a fun-loving crowd,” Corso said. “It’s just a matter of keeping everyone safe once the events are over.”

The experienced Arizona DUI lawyers at Corso & Rhude are well versed in the law and will do everything in their power to fight for you and your family. If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in Arizona, contact Corso & Rhude.

To schedule a free consultation, please visit http://www.corsorhude.com or call (480) 471-4616. The Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLCC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.

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