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Labor Day weekend DUI arrests down in Arizona compared to 2019

Sep 9, 2020, 4:15 AM | Updated: 12:46 pm
(KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino)...
(KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino)
(KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino)

PHOENIX — Labor Day weekend DUI arrests were down in Arizona compared to 2019, likely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

There were 399 people arrested on suspicion of DUI during the holiday weekend, down from 519 in 2019, according to statistics from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Extreme DUI arrests were also down, with 80 arrests made this year compared to 106 in 2019. Extreme DUI arrests are limited to those who have a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more.

“These statistics are the result of the dedication and training of police and highway patrol officers, sheriff deputies, volunteers and other law enforcement personnel that comprise the DUI Task Forces throughout Arizona,” Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said in a press release.

“Our goal is to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on our streets and highways by enforcing DUI and traffic laws in our state.”

The average known BAC of those arrested was .164. The legal BAC in Arizona is 0.08.

Law enforcement conducted a total of 10,723 total traffic stops, down about 4,000 from 2019.

About 2,500 law enforcement officials were part of the task forces, consistent with totals from years past.

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Labor Day weekend DUI arrests down in Arizona compared to 2019