Labor Day weekend DUI arrests in Arizona up from last year, down from 2019

Sep 7, 2021, 3:00 PM | Updated: 11:54 pm
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(File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — There was a rise in DUI arrests in Arizona on Labor Day weekend this year compared to a pandemic-skewed 2020, but slightly down from 2019.

From Friday to Monday, 490 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Of those arrests, 115 were for extreme DUI, meaning they had a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher. That number was higher than both 2019 (106) and 2020 (80).

During the holiday weekend in 2020, 399 people were arrested for DUI, a drop from 519 arrests in 2019.

The average BAC of those arrested this Labor Day weekend was 0.154, which is lower than 2020 (0.164) but higher than 2019 (0.145). The legal BAC in Arizona is 0.08.

The report also noted that 180 people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, a jump from each of the past two years.

There was 130 DUI drug arrests during Labor Day weekend in 2019 and 118 in 2020.

Law enforcement conducted a total of 11,193 traffic stops this holiday weekend compared to 10,723 in 2020. Officers made 14,289 traffic stops over the holiday weekend in 2019.

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Labor Day weekend DUI arrests in Arizona up from last year, down from 2019