It’s now March, and that means St. Patrick’s Day is only days
away. In the United States, Saint Patrick’s Day has become one of
the most popular drinking holidays of the year. Like many other holidays,
it’s also one that leads to a number of alcohol-related accidents,
injuries, and deaths. Last year in Arizona, for example, DUI task forces
across the state reported nearly 4,000 arrests - 233 of which involved
drunk driving and 81 involved Extreme DUI BAC levels - over St. Patrick’s
Because the risks associated with St. Patrick’s Day are well known,
law enforcement agencies in cities and counties throughout the state will
be working together to increase enforcement of Arizona
DUI laws. Officers may be employing the following tactics to increase DUI
arrests during St. Patrick’s Day and the preceding weekend:
DUI Patrols - During periods of increased DUI enforcement, which often take place
during holidays and weekends, law enforcement agencies will increase the
number of officers on the road. Increased patrols are meant to deter motorists
from driving drunk and catch those who get behind the wheel.
Increased Focus on Impaired Drivers - Although patrols are increased with officers solely concerned about
DUI during holidays, all officers on the road are instructed to be extra
vigilant of impaired drivers, especially at times and in locations where
drunk driving is common - late night or early morning and near bars or
Checkpoints - Law enforcement agencies commonly conduct checkpoints at various locations
in order to stop and question drivers who may be under the influence.
Checkpoints can be conducted at random locations, and are often in places
known for DUI-related incidents. Be aware that you have rights at checkpoints.
At Knowles Law Firm, our DUI attorneys have represented many clients who
were arrested during holidays and other times of increased DUI enforcement.
If you have a question about your rights after being charged for driving
under the influence in Phoenix or any of the surrounding communities of Arizona,
contact our firm for a FREE and confidential case evaluation.