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Arizona drivers should be on the lookout for DUI patrols

Arizona residents who have been arrested for an impaired driving offense in the past know that the state laws are harsh and the penalties can be long-lasting. Getting a second driving while under the influence conviction is the last thing a person with a prior offense needs or wants. And, for those without prior offenses, avoiding one altogether can be an important way of preserving the ability to drive, get a job and more.

The holiday time can be a common time during which drivers find themselves stopped for suspected drunk driving. That is because law enforcement openly acknowledges a bump in enforcement for this activity in particular. Fortunately Arizona's experiences with drunk driving seem to have been going in a positive direction with fewer arrests in recent years.

According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there were slightly more than 2,100 people arrested and charged with DUI offense during the 2015 holiday season. That is solidly less than the over 2,750 people charged with DUIs during the 2013 holiday season. Arrests for the entire year in 2015 were also lower than in prior years. In 2015, there were over 27,700 such arrests compared to more than 32,000 in 2012.

Knowing that officers will be out in force looking for suspected drunk drivers, Arizona residents will want to be prepared to defend themselves if need be. Talking with an attorney after an arrest may be helpful to learn the laws and what to expect after a DUI arrest.

Source: AZ Central, "Arizona DUI enforcement to increase over holidays," Marissa R. Roper, Nov. 30, 2016

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