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Arizona DUI arrests down over Thanksgiving weekend from previous year

Nov 29, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:29 am
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)...
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)

PHOENIX — The number of traffic stops decreased and DUI arrests were down by 8% over Thanksgiving weekend this year compared to 2021, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety announced.

There were 323 DUI arrests made statewide from Nov. 23-26, down from 350 over a similar period last year, according to a press release.

The majority of DUI arrests were misdemeanors with 272, while 51 were aggravated.

There were also 75 extreme DUIs in which alcohol concentration was 0.15 or higher.

The average known BAC of those arrested over the holiday weekend was 0.166, up from 0.158 the previous year. The legal BAC in the state is 0.08.

DUI drug arrests decreased from 97 in 2021 to 82.

The number of drivers pulled over for speeding increased, as criminal speed citations rose from 178 to 209.

The total number of traffic stops was 8,957, while 2021 saw 8,513.

There were fewer officers and deputies participating in the state compared to last year, with 2,037 down from 2,060.

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Arizona DUI arrests down over Thanksgiving weekend from previous year