Arizona DUI Task Forces Rack Up 500 DUI Arrests Over Cinco de Mayo Weekend

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DUI task forces around the state arrested 500 people on DUI charges this weekend, including Monday, Cinco de Mayo.

Of those 500 people, 155 of them were arrested on a charge of "extreme" DUI, meaning their blood-alcohol level was at least double the legal limit of .08.

For the sake of comparison, St. Patrick's Day resulted in 413 DUI arrests statewide this year.

Although we literally published maps of where police would be this weekend around Phoenix, officers still pulled over more than 11,000 people this weekend.

In addition to the 500 DUIs, nearly 1,500 speeding tickets were handed out, and 101 people were busted for criminal speeding. More than 3,000 other people received some sort of citation other than speeding.

Check out all the stats released by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety below:

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Max Christensen
Max Christensen

500 people arrested multiplied by a mean of $3500 per person = a lot of fines to be paid. Where's it all going?

Joshua Hager
Joshua Hager

Get em! They're a danger to themselves AND society!

Anita Mahaffey
Anita Mahaffey

Jesse, I'm more concerned with the other freedoms that are lost along with this policy. There are a lot more people high on other drugs than alcohol, who also share the road, but they are not,and cannot be held under the same scrutiny, unless we start allowing random blood/urine samples on the roadside. In any case, it's STILL the luck of the draw when you meet your demise.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

anita I am all for freedoms, but I don't mind these happening. What if these didn't happen, and someone drunk was driving and plowed into your boyfriend/girlfriend, mom dad, whatever, and killed them? Would you still be happy that at least the drunk driver wasn't illegally searched and seized?

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Nho Em Nhoc

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Justin J. Stewart
Justin J. Stewart

Yeah, and they pulled me over for no reason as I drove down University because I was "pulling into the center lane"...even though I was not, and there is no center lane in that stretch of road. I was just pulled over because I "look" young and was around ASU on Sunday night. I got a warning. I am for getting DUI's off the road, but I am also for not being pulled over looking for something that isn't there.

Patricia Cuestas-James
Patricia Cuestas-James

Sure, free to drive around drunk and possibly kill someone. Task forces wouldn't be necessary if us FREE Americans wouldn't be violating the law drunk driving! BTW they did catch them violating the law...they were stupid drunk enough to drive thru a checkpoint lol

Valerie Desiree
Valerie Desiree

This is why you stay home and drink, or have a designated driver.

Patricia Cuestas-James
Patricia Cuestas-James

Ok loser who are the majority celebrating on this day? It sure isn't Mexicans pendejo!

Jay Burwell
Jay Burwell

The fact is the thresholds are incredibly low and the public tolerates the cops likely abuse based on MADD's campaign... Unless there are just a lot of really stupid people livin in Az... They never tell us how many of these actually stick after the BAC tests are in...

Anita Mahaffey
Anita Mahaffey

Sure they do. It's illegal search and seizure. Unless they actually catch someone violating the law, we are free citizens.

Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens

There are so many transportation options now!

Clint McDowell
Clint McDowell

I think our militarized police force should do no knock raids on everyone's homes and business to keep us more safe from alcohol and drugs. Lock everyone up then we'll have a perfect safe society. Why don't we just ban booze? Maybe for this very reason, it's a monster fucking cash cow for this big machine. Police state USA land of the checkpoints

Peter Fullmer
Peter Fullmer

So.... Less than half of these were actually legitimate.

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

Also you have to be smart enough to recognize that you can't even have one bud light and then assume you can drive on a holiday like that. St Patty's, New Years, Memorial Day..just don't drive it's not worth the money and having to spend the night in jail. I know you "aren't drunk" but you can get stopped for literally anything and have you been drinking is the first thing that cop is gonna ask you.

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

That leaves a lot of people that probably had one beer and still got a dui. Anyone that drinks at all has gone to a family dinner, or business meeting, had a drink and drove home. I am all about protecting people and in no way advocate driving drunk but I can't help but feel like it's an excuse to arrest people that are otherwise law abiding.

Scott Kerr
Scott Kerr

i think this should happen every weekend, not just holidays

Suzanne Davis
Suzanne Davis

Good get them off the streets before they kill someone

Drew Rotherham
Drew Rotherham

And yes they do use the .08 law. DUI to the slightest degree(or whatever they're calling it now) doesn't happen unless you're an asshole.

Drew Rotherham
Drew Rotherham

There's also a "super extreme," if you didn't know. And Blake, cinco de mayo isn't a holiday, its an excuse to drink. Actual Mexicans don't even celebrate it. "Holiday weekend," ha!

Will Bjerke
Will Bjerke

There is no legal limit. It's 0. You blow over 0, you're done.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

With 3059 other citation's this year and zip last year its seems strange. Phoenix is 38 million dollars in the hole so maybe its to be expected however the decrease in D.U.I 'S is great. I wonder why.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012  there were plenty of citations last year, you just werent able to find the numbers. there is no way they could have 1 year with no citations, alcoholism is just to rampant for there to be none for a year. as for the decrease you mention..............maybe they just werent setting up as many roadblocks to catch them (it would be great though if it meant a decline in alcohol related problems, but i doubt it)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy  I would like to know how over a 3 day period last year there where 0 other citations handed out and this year over the same 3 day period there where three thousand fifty nine citations handed out . It just seems to me they where focus on generating dollars this year regardless of what their initial reason was to be out in force to begin with. My guess , these other citations includes license plate bulbs out red taped tail lights, illegals with out licenses, cracked windshields, you know must of the stuff Arpaio and his deputies get crucified for.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy I wouldn't like to see either of them hurt just woken up to the disservice they are doing to the community for their juvenal  stupid posting that's all.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

It may be karmic but it wouldn't be great to see anyone hurt because of someone else's poor decisions

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative You know what would be great Karma after Hendley or Lemons post  their alerts on  D.U.I check point's in their paper on a holiday weekend they both are leaving a restaurant together late at night and a drunk driver who just eluded a check point rams into their vehicle.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@john043012 @valleynative 

Yes.  Hendley's priority isn't really to get all of the information out.  The article is really primarily another way to remind readers to look for the articles where he publishes checkpoint maps.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative Your probably right and like I have said many times Hendley and Lemons always seem to omit ,leave out important facts to their stories don't you. Their readers should not have to do the leg work for them

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@john043012 @ValleyNative  

I win that bet.  In referring to the three categories:

Criminal Speed Citations

Aggressive Driving Citations

Civil Speed Citations, the web site says:

"These three categories of citations will be broken down by statute starting in mid -2013 Calendar year."

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@john043012 @valleynative 

Notice the dashes in some of the fields?

Those don't mean zero, they mean "no data".

Because those categories don't apply.

I'd bet money that if somebody took the time to find the source document, that it explains this.


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative And by the way I see the same amount of lines and explanations as last year' report card ,don't you?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative I can see the vast difference in the 2 but I am not buying your explanation 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@john043012 @valleynative

Looking at the table, you can see that last year they grouped speeding citations into "Other (speed, etc)".  "et cetera" of course, means "and other things".

This year, they split out the speed citations into three new separate categories, and so they replaced the "Other (speed, etc)" category with:

"Other (except speed)".



john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative @john043012 Other citations (speed etc) I read that to mean speeding tickets then we have other citations (except speeding tickets)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@john043012  

Look again.  They simply recategorized them.

They included speed citations in "other" last time, but they split them out this time.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Not for me to say. I was just pointing out something that just doesn't add up

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy I am surprised Hendley did not point that out in his story one would think he would at least have gotten  an explanation about that and maybe he did but it just didn't fit in with N.T. naritives

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I can assure you, there is no one single day where not one single citation is written (ever). Maybe they didn't publish it or you haven't found those numbers yet

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