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 Day weekend.
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 restaurants.
- 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.