Authorities in Arizona do not take drunk driving lightly, and penalties for even a first time DUI offense could lead to jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license.
Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) May 22, 2015
An estimated 730,000 Arizona residents will be traveling for Memorial Day Weekend this year, Triple-A reports, meaning that Valley roads will experience an influx of hundreds of thousands of drivers over the course of the holiday. The long weekend also means facing the harsh consequences of Arizona DUI arrests, speeding tickets and more, according to the Arizona DUI lawyers at Corso Law Group.
“This Memorial Day weekend, drivers can expect to see patrols and DUI checkpoints Friday and even Thursday night as people begin celebrating and traveling for the holiday,” said Christopher Corso of the Scottsdale-based criminal law firm Corso Law Group. “Typically, Arizona’s DUI task forces are quite extensive, including 1,800 or more officials focussed on stopping drunk drivers over the three-day weekend.”
In 2014, Arizona police set up several DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the Valley to stop impaired drivers in Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe and Mesa during the holiday weekend.
Out of the 11,580 drivers who were stopped by police over a three-day period last year, a total of 495 people were arrested on DUI charges in Arizona, according to a report by Phoenix New Times.
Last year, nearly 30 percent, or 140, drivers were arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI, which means that their blood alcohol levels were not only above the legal limit of .08 percent, but almost double that, reporting BACs of .15 percent or higher. The average BAC of the almost 500 impaired drivers was .141 percent.
Police were not only on the look out for drunk driving, but a variety of traffic infractions including speeding and seat belt violations, which accounted for approximately 5,000 arrests during Memorial Day weekend last year.
In support of continued efforts to enforce seat belt and child safety seats, Arizona is participating in the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign May 18-31, The Arizona Highway Patrol Association said.
“Authorities here in Arizona do not take drunk driving lightly, and penalties for even a first time DUI offense could lead to jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license,” Corso said.
The legal trouble resulting from a DUI can be serious, but the potential harm impaired drivers could inflict upon themselves and others is even more severe.
“The potential dangers and severe penalties of drunk driving can all be avoided by making the responsible choice to never get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” he said.
To schedule a free consultation with the Corso Law Group, please visit http://www.corsorhude.com or call (480) 471-4616. The Corso Law Group is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.
About Corso Law Group
Founded by former prosecuting attorney Christopher P. Corso, Corso Law Group represents clients facing serious legal matters in Arizona and Texas. The firm uses its criminal defense experience to seek the best possible outcomes for its clients, with each case overseen by a team of experienced legal professionals dedicated to helping clients find their voice within the country’s judicial system. For more information, please visit http://www.corsorhude.com.