During a five-day task force sweep that targeted drunk drivers in Arizona, there were 276 total arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence. The task force sweep involved 300 officers and deputies from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and at least eight police departments. Valley police officers made nearly 150 DUI arrest on St. Patrick’s Day, which accounted for close to half of the total arrests during the entire sweep.
The average blood alcohol level for this year’s arrests was .14 percent, which borders on “extreme” DUI of .15. There were 74 DUI arrests made that fell into this category.
The task force sweep also issued nearly 1,800 traffic citations for speeding, seat-belt violations, and other infractions. There were almost 4,000 initial traffic stops, which is more than twice what it was last year.
In Arizona, a DUI conviction can result in jail time, fines and court fees, driver license suspension, vehicle impoundment and a mandatory ignition interlock device. A DUI conviction is also considered a criminal offense and will go on the driver’s criminal record, which could affect insurance rates, applications for licenses and future employment.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona, you need to contact an experience DUI attorney immediately. Call 888-DUI-Answer for legal advice today.
In light of the recent budget adjustments, Arizona state officials have been forced to cut full time janitor positions and replace them with prisoners in hopes of saving money. The new plan is controversial, and state officials find themselves on both sides of the idea.
Arizona has experienced a $1.6 billion budget cut this year, and Allen Ecker, spokesman for the Department of Administration stated, “Every other option has been explored, and this is literally the absolute last resort.”
The Department of Administration recently cut 20 full-time custodians and will bring in low-level offenders to clean the bathrooms. The state has already seen a successful program where DUI offenders worked as janitors in the Department of Corrections and Administration building.
Supporters of this plan confirm that the inmates would be highly supervised, but others argue that it does not make for a safe work environment to have prisoners in the Statehouse. The proposed plan could also take place at the Senate, House and other buildings at the Capitol.