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Police Targeting Underage DUI in Arizona

It is the end of the school year, and high school and college students have started to make their summer plans. Many students are getting ready to head to summer jobs. For those graduating, it might be a time to have a party where they can celebrate with friends.

While this is a happy and exciting time for most, it is also a time where law enforcement focuses its efforts on reducing the number of drunk drivers on area roads. Police throughout the Phoenix metro area will begin running targeted DUI enforcement programs that could leave many people facing DUI charges.

The Tempe Police Department recently announced the results from its Youth Alcohol Enforcement campaign. There were more than 270 arrests, including 184 minor in consumption charges. Minor in possession was second on the list, with 45 people being cited for this offense.

DUI was perhaps the most serious crime that was part of the campaign. Overall, 20 people were arrested for DUI, including two drivers under the age of 21. Arizona is a zero tolerance state, which means that drivers under the age of 21 cannot consume any alcoholic beverages. If any alcohol is detected in their systems, they will be charged with DUI.

Both underage drivers and those motorists 21 and older can be facing some significant penalties if they are convicted of driving under the influence. A driver may lose his or her license, and be facing increased insurance costs. Jail time may also be possible in certain circumstances.

A DUI conviction can have several long-lasting complications. While it may be tempting to try to get the matter over as soon as possible, it is important to know the options that are available to make the best decisions for your future.

Source: AZCentral.com "Tempe police cracking down on underage drinking" Laurie Merrill, April 29, 2012.

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