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Governorís grant money used in drunk driving crackdown

Over the decades, the laws governing drunk driving in Arizona have changed dramatically. These changes include changing the legal drinking age from 19 to 21 and imposing stricter penalties for people found guilty of DUI offenses. Persons who have been arrested and charged with felony drunk driving or drugged driving can sometimes have a difficult path ahead of them during their defense processes.

As part of the state’s overall commitment to cracking down on driving under the influence of alcohol, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has provided grants for DUI detection equipment to multiple municipalities. Among the equipment are what are called processing vans. These vehicles are equipped with everything needed to perform breath tests, scan suspects’ fingerprints, draw blood for BAC tests and even request search warrants all from the location at which suspects have been stopped.

Some reports indicate that such vans contributed to a 27 percent increase in the number of DUI arrests over the 2014 Fourth of July holiday compared with that of 2013. Police departments in Buckeye, Peoria and Glendale are just some of the forces that have put the processing vans into use. The West Valley DUI Task Force has helped to facilitate the increased vigilance relating to drunk driving in these areas.

Keeping the public safe is an important mission for law enforcement officials. However, providing fair treatment and opportunities for successful defenses for those accused of crimes is also important. Persons who face potential DUI convictions may wish to consider getting help from a private attorney to ensure the best defense possible.

Source: AZCentral.com, “West Valley police get new DUI enforcement tools,”  Matthew Casey, July 19, 2014

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