While the number of arrests has declined, we still see drunk drivers on the roads and highways every day. Every drunk driver is risking the lives of all others sharing the road.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 06, 2014
Commenting on a news report about a decrease in DUI arrests in Arizona in 2013, Phoenix drunk driving accident lawyer Kyle A. Israel of Israel & Gerity, PLLC, said it’s important for drivers to continue to operate responsibly to keep Arizona’s roads safe for everyone.
Israel commented on a report in AZFamily (“Total number of DUIs in Arizona dropped in 2013,” January 7). According to the story, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety recorded the state’s first decrease in alcohol-related arrests in nearly a decade in 2013.
“It’s encouraging news that the number of DUI arrests dropped in 2013, and we hope this means fewer drunk drivers are using our roads and highways,” Israel said. “We have seen first-hand the devastating impact of car accidents involving impaired drivers. While the number of arrests has declined, we still see drunk drivers on the roads and highways every day. Every drunk driver is risking the lives of all others sharing the road.”
According to the AZFamily report, officers participating in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s statewide task force recorded more than 29,000 DUI arrests in 2013. This number represented a decrease of more than 3,000 from 2012, the article stated.
Furthermore, the AZFamily article indicated that 2013 marked the first year in close to a decade that alcohol-related arrests decreased throughout the state. DUI arrests increased from nearly 5,300 in 2004, to more to 10,000 in 2007, the article said, with state officials reporting that 20,000 arrests were reported in 2010 and over 31,000 were reported in 2011.
“Our firm supports the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s continuing efforts to take drunk drivers off Arizona roads and highways,” attorney Israel said. “While police can aggressively patrol for drunk drivers, the key to preventing alcohol-related crashes and fatalities ultimately rests in the hands of our state’s drivers.”
“Drunk driving can have serious consequences,” Israel said. “We encourage all drivers to avoid getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Use a designated driver or call a friend, family member or a cab to get you home if you’ve been drinking. While a DUI arrest can make your life difficult, you can be in a much worse place if you cause a serious accident.”
Israel said attorneys can help those injured in drunk driving accidents and families whose loved ones were killed in accidents pursue compensation for their losses. A lawyer can hold the negligent individual accountable and send a message that careless or reckless behavior will not be tolerated on Arizona roads, he said.
About Israel & Gerity, PLLC
Attorney Kyle A. Israel obtained his degree from the Arizona State University College of Law and has practiced law in Arizona since 1994. In addition to handling cases involving car and truck accidents, Israel & Gerity’s legal practice focuses on helping victims of construction accidents, construction defects, lithium toxicity, dog bites and nursing home negligence. Attorney Israel was anonymously selected by his peers into the first class of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, an honor reserved for 2% of lawyers across the state, and has received nearly 100% favorable verdicts in the cases he has tried to verdict.
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Israel & Gerity is located at:
3300 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012