Arizona DUI arrests made during Halloween weekend down from last year

Nov 3, 2022, 4:05 AM
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PHOENIX — Traffic stops went up but DUI arrests dropped by just over 20% in Arizona on Halloween weekend this year compared to 2021, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety announced.

There were 264 DUI arrests made statewide from Oct. 29-31, down from 332 over the same dates in 2021, according to a press release.

Most DUI arrests were misdemeanors with 223, while 41 were aggravated.

There were 56 extreme DUIs in which alcohol concentration was 0.15 or higher.

The average known BAC of those arrested on Halloween was 0.161, up from 0.152 last year. The legal BAC in Arizona is 0.08.

DUI drug arrests decreased from 104 last year to 76.

The number of drivers pulled over for speeding jumped this Halloween, though, as civil and criminal speed citations rose from 1,330 to 1,699.

The total number of traffic stops this year was 6,061, while 2021 saw 5,217.

There were fewer officers and deputies participating across the state compared to a year ago: 1,400 to 1,303.

Halloween took place on Monday this year and on a Sunday in 2021.

The holiday in 2020 — which took place on a Saturday but was impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — involved 4,357 traffic stops and 208 DUI arrests in Arizona from Oct. 30-31.

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Arizona DUI arrests made during Halloween weekend down from last year