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Think Twice before Having Another Glass of Wine with Dinner?

Just in case you thought the Labor Day weekend was over and you were safe, you might want to think twice before taking that second glass of wine with dinner and then driving home in your car.

Did you know that DUI incidents in Scottsdale have increased? Although car accidents related to DUIs are down in Scottsdale, incidents and arrests are up!

According to the Verde Independent, Cottonwood has received additional funding for the specific purpose of overtime pay for officers who focus on drunk and drugged driving. The Southwestern DUI Task force has been busy as well, issuing nearly 60 citations as part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Read the full article on what to do if you have been drinking and driving, and review the video. You might save yourself some $’s and heartache. If you are arrested for a DUI, please call our office (602-971-1775) for a free consultation.

DUI task force operation results in arrests of 10 people
Sierra Vista, THE HERALD
Wed, 09/22/2010 – 00:17

A total of 10 motorists were arrested during a recent deployment of the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force. The detail saw 19 officers from five agencies make nearly 100 traffic stops on Friday, which coincided with the bicentennial of the start of the Mexican War of Independence. Nearly 60 citations were issued by task force members, which are sponsored in part by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Scottsdale DUI-related accidents decrease
AZ Central.com/ The Arizona Republic
by Brennan Smith – Sept. 21, 2010 03:23 PM
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In 2009, there were 1,611 drivers involved with DUI incidents or arrests in Scottsdale through August. That compares with a slight increase to 1,687 through Aug. 31 of this year. Accidents involving DUIs, however, are down, with 178 from January through August 2009 compared with 158 in 2010 for the same period, police said.
Impaired drivers, listen up
Verde Independent
9/18/2010 2:38:00 PM

The agency received a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to pay overtime hours for officers who focus specifically on drunk and drugged driving. The patrol is part of the Tri-City DUI Task Force.
Bill’s Daily Roundup: Lots of Benefits This Weekend
Prescott News
By Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM/ Friday, September 17, 2010 14:27

This weekend, the Cottonwood Police Department will be continuing its DUI enforcement efforts through saturation patrols. Officials note the Department has received a grant-in-aid from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety last year. This funding pays for the overtime budget for officers, who direct their efforts at curtailing drunk and drugged driving along with education efforts. The planned efforts will be part of the Tri-City DUI Task Force.

Huge Arizona DUI operation nets a few more arrests
AZ Central.com/ The Arizona Republic
by JJ Hensley – Sept. 8, 2010 12:00 AM

An extra 5,000 officers took part in the state’s annual Labor Day push to target drunken drivers, but that extra manpower resulted in only a few hundred more DUI arrests…This year, nearly 6,400 officers took part in the statewide task force, compared with about 1,300 in 2009. Officers approached more than 36,000 drivers this year, up from 13,697 the year before. Law-enforcement officers across the state arrested 1,554 drivers for misdemeanor drunken driving in the 18-day campaign that began Aug. 20 and ran through Monday, compared with 1,154 drunken-driving arrests over the same period in 2009. The number of drivers suspected of “extreme” or aggravated DUI remained virtually the same.
Reduced funding clouds task force’s future
Sierra Vista, THE HERALD
By Derek Jordan, Wed, 09/08/2010 – 00:01

A countywide task force devoted to curbing impaired driving made more than 100 traffic stops and issued more than 50 tickets during the long holiday weekend, but looming funding reductions may impede future efforts. The Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force focused on the Douglas, Willcox and Sierra Vista areas during the Labor Day weekend with increased patrols by 14 participating officers from four agencies. Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, 110 vehicles were stopped, 51 citations were issued and nine DUI arrests were made, according to results from the Sierra Vista Police Department.
Mesa PD targets impaired drivers on Labor Day
ABC 15.com
Victoria Pelham,, 09/05/2010

Anyone coming back from the Salt River Monday ran into a massive DUI checkpoint set up by the Mesa Police Department. Dozens of officers lined the roads to catch anyone who had been drinking at the river or was under the influence of other substances. It is comforting to know they are removing [drunk drivers] from our roadways, but in another way it’s frustrating, because it is a simple message: If you’re going to be drinking, don’t drive.
Labor Day DUI Task Force nets 10 extreme DUI arrests
Sheryl Kornman, Sep 04, 2010 6:32 PM MST

The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force made 10 extreme DUI arrests in the first night of its Labor Day 2010 DUI Task Force deployment. Those individuals had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or above. Anyone with a BAC of 0.08 can be arrested on suspicion of DUI. The total number of arrests on DUI charges were 32, after 391 traffic stops to check for drivers who appeared impaired. Four individuals under 21 were arrested on a DUI charge and 16 individuals were arrested for underage drinking. You must be 21 to drink alcoholic beverages in Arizona.
Pinal County authorities prepare for holiday weekend DUI patrols
AZ Central.com/ The Arizona Republic
by Lindsey Collom – Sept. 2, 2010 12:35 PM
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The Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force will be on the streets and looking for impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said impaired or reckless driving endangers everyone on Pinal County roadways and will not be tolerated this weekend. “If you drive impaired or reckless, you will be arrested,” Babeu said. “No excuses, no exceptions.”