Arizona is one state in the nation lucky enough to enjoy sunny days almost all year long. However, that does not make holiday weekends any less special for Arizona residents or visitors. Backyard barbeques, outings on lakes or rivers and more are virtual hallmarks of the three primary summer holidays—Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. However, because having a beer or glass of wine is common at these events, this reality also puts many people at risk for a DUI arrest.
It’s hard to deny the fact that drinking and driving is a socially acceptable thing to do, especially on holidays. Yet, people also know that drinking too much and then driving may be dangerous. Knowing how to assess when it is safe to drive and when it is not safe to drive is not really all that easy. Even the most responsible person can end up facing a drunk driving arrest given this reality. Law enforcement agencies around the state geared up to launch designated sobriety checkpoints over the recent Memorial Day holiday to seek out such people.
Reports do indicate that the state has been experiencing a downward trend in the number of drivers arrested for impaired operation over the Memorial Days in the past several years. In 2014, for example, there were 509 such arrests. The following year, 424 drivers were arrested on DUI charges. This, however, is still a large number of people who must navigate their way through a criminal charge.
After being arrested for an alleged drunk driving offense, Arizona residents may want to consult with a lawyer. A legal consultation may provide good insight into the defense process and options.
Source: KTAR.com, “Phoenix-area law enforcement launching DUI task force for Memorial Day,” May 26, 2016