Arizona's Drunk Drivers Average "Extreme" DUI Blood-Alcohol Levels During Holidays... Again

Despite cops around the state probably hearing the phrase "just two beers" quite often during DUI stops this holiday season, the state government's statistics show that Arizonans tend to be fairly slammed when they were caught driving drunk.

For the second year in a row, drivers busted for DUI during specific DUI-enforcement operations since Thanksgiving had an average blood-alcohol level of .15, a level which is nearly twice the "legal limit" of .08, and would quafily people for the "extreme" DUI category.

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According to statistics released by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Arizona's drunk drivers were slightly less drunk during the holidays than during the rest of the year, as the average blood-alcohol level for the entire year was .151.

Despite this, only a fraction of the DUI arrests were actually for "extreme DUI." From Thanksgiving to December 27, 888 of the 3,353 people arrested for DUI were hit with the "extreme DUI" charge -- slightly more than one-quarter. Perhaps some of Arizona's drunk-er drivers are throwing off the average a bit.

In the same stretch of time last year, 2,888 people were arrested for DUI, 788 of them in the "extreme" category.

Meanwhile, it appears that the cops have a pretty decent success rate while on the hunt for drunk drivers. From November 23 to December 27, officers on DUI patrol pulled over 67,225 people statewide. Of those, 1,356 were actually designated drivers. About two-and-a-half times that were determined to be the drunk drivers.

So, only about 5 percent of the drivers pulled over during the DUI enforcement operations statewide were determined to be driving under the influence, although more than 40 percent still got a ticket of some sort, whether it be for speeding, or any other violation.

For the curious, all the stats released by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety can be found below:

Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety

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Regardless, DUI is illegal and must be prosecuted as such. The limit should be raied from .008 to .003.


@JoeArpaioFan : What a stupid comment... Regardless of what??? DUI has been and is prosecuted as illegal. nothing has changed. 

What they should do is see over the next hear if this has any effect on dui deaths... my hallucination is that it wont. 

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@JoeArpaioFan that would be lowered, not raised. and you can get convicted even at a .04   if you have a CDL license .04 is the legal limit not .08


@danzigsdaddy Okay my mistake sorry. How about lowering it to .02 instead? There is no excuse for anybody to get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they have had any alcohol.


@JoeArpaioFan Let's see just HOW stupid you can get with this... How about .0000001, would that make you happy? Mouthwash(I'm sure you've heard of the stuff) will give you more of a B.A.C. than .02.

The only reason they lower the limit is when arrests get too low to make it look like they are doing their job, not because the populace is calling out for the new limit.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  even though the legal limit is .08 they can still convict you at .04, if your on a CDL license the legal limit is .04 and they can convict you with even less than that. so there may be a conviction at .02 for all i know.  one of the problems with DUI convictions is that there is no accurate test to find a set level of impairment with marijuana or other drugs. all they can test is if there is a presence of the drug not a level. and many drugs will increase the effects of alcohol without increasing the BAC

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