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Thanksgiving weekend DUI arrests up in Arizona compared to 2019

Dec 1, 2020, 4:25 AM
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PHOENIX – Thanksgiving weekend DUI arrests were up in Arizona compared to 2019, according to statistics released Monday from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

There were 358 people arrested on suspicion of DUI from Wednesday to Saturday of the holiday weekend. That number is up from 330 arrests made last year during the same period.

The number of extreme DUIs were up as well, with 79 reported this year compared to 64 in 2019. Extreme DUI arrests are limited to those who have a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more.

The average known BAC of those arrested was .151. The legal BAC in Arizona is 0.08.

There were some statistics that did see a decrease.

Authorities arrested 92 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, which was down from 97 last year.

Law enforcement conducted a total of 9,407 total traffic stops, down from 10,507 last year.

About 2,400 law enforcement officials were part of the task forces, consistent with totals from years past.

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Thanksgiving weekend DUI arrests up in Arizona compared to 2019