Arizona DUI Task Forces Rack Up 582 DUI Arrests Over Labor Day Weekend

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Rusty Clark
DUI task forces around the state arrested 582 people on DUI charges over Labor Day weekend.

That's an increase over the same weekend in 2013, when the task forces arrested 503 people on DUI charges.

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-Labor Day Weekend DUI Patrols: Phoenix, East Valley, West Valley, More

According to statistics provided by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the task forces actually reported encountering more than twice the number of sober designated drivers in 2014 (860) than in 2013 (354).

Nearly 2,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies were involved in the statewide patrols.

Check out all the stats below:

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These DUI enforcement operations always take place on holiday weekends, and in 2014, Labor Day weekend has had the most DUI arrests of any other. Cinco de Mayo weekend resulted with 500 DUI arrests statewide, followed by 495 on Memorial Day weekend, 413 over St. Patrick's Day weekend, and 389 over Independence Day weekend.

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Adam Colburn
Adam Colburn

It has little to do with safety and more to do with money. It's a license to steal and the entire Maricopa county is on the take. Anyone on the take will justify violating a few "civil liberties" or whatever that means anymore, to increase cash. The majority are uneducated in regards to their rights, or whatever that means anymore AGAIN. It's the way this world works from dollar store owner to a street pusher in the ghetto. Imagine this kind of task force in our border towns? That would be classified as profiling. What we allow is what will continue.

Aleks Arredondo
Aleks Arredondo

When will people learn. It's not about getting arrested or facing the cops it's about others. You put your self in danger that's your deal. But put innocent people on the road in danger, that's asinine.

Trystan Trenberth
Trystan Trenberth

I would say thousands, probably Tens or hundreds of thousands got away with it, again...

Sarah Berl
Sarah Berl

Hey Arizona: Years of your tougher DUI laws are working really well!!!!! CONGRATS on the lowered number of arrests! Oh wait, they aren't. Fucking duh.

Tee Funk
Tee Funk

Discount Cab has an app and u can use a drop pin! Use it

CA Pesh
CA Pesh

HIGH FIVE!! GET THOSE DRUNK IDIOTS OFF THE ROAD, I HAVE FAMILY THAT LIVE IN THE VALLEY!!

Delmuss Woody
Delmuss Woody

Add all the total due arrest by 5000.00 minimum a piece. That's the total revenue that the state made just on DUI arrest only. Yeah I'd say it's nothing more than a cash cow for arizona.

Steve Sagraves
Steve Sagraves

Shannon Delmuss Justin Cassie that's some crazy numbers there.

Chad A. Geese
Chad A. Geese

It's all about money John Mills. How many police officers have you hear about sitting in parking lots telling people not to drive. They'll let a person get in the car and drive a block for the revenue alone.

Conrad Gabriel Betti
Conrad Gabriel Betti

I told a first date I was taking the light rail into downtown phoenix and she canceled on me. Lmao.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

I guess you didn't catch that designated drivers are being stopped. That Lyft drivers are being harassed. Or that the people who are going to protest this thing are residents who don't have to drive in downtown. They're getting fucked with for walking in their own neighborhood. Are we cracking down on walking now, too? Sounds like you're all on board with it, though!

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

What's wrong is that it targets everyone when the real problem is spoiled brat frats, who are untouchable. But then, I guess some people don't care about civil liberties. You'll sacrifice everything as long as a non-problem is non-solved.

Frankly An Ogre
Frankly An Ogre

It's cherry-picking for new prisoners to show off then dispose of in our private prisons, meanwhile how many people were ticketed for something unrelated to the reason for the stop, let alone detained for no reason and possibly harassed for being Hispanic? What if everyone else who was innocent filed a lawsuit against the unlawful search and seizure of their vehicle? That $2.9million could pay off 2.9 lawsuits, or 29 if you're lucky, but how many people do you think might be actually entitled to it? A handful to a few dozen is all you can afford, do you think the police force should risk that liability, or are you convinced it should be legal for them to trample your rights and make money off it at the same time? Random checkpoints are unconstitutional and disproportionately impact innocent people over criminals. They interfere with emergency services, in addition to commerce, and decrease public trust in LEOs, rather than increase it, as I bet there were more more people ticketed for open containers, expired tags, or broken lights than actual DUIs. Drag nets are not effective police tools in a democratic state.

Crystal Whitehead
Crystal Whitehead

I work there. So technically no but yes since I deal with them (DUI'S) everyday.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Get some cheese with that whine, man. So you are basically saying it's not better to potentially save lives than stopping people. That's what it boils down to. What's wrong is that it's just concentrated on weekends.

John Mills
John Mills

Lets say the fines for each of these DUI violations is 5 grand. Thats 2.9 million dollars in Tempe's pockets.

Mike Guintard
Mike Guintard

what a shame..first time DUI should be mandatory 1 year in jail and license revoked for life.. Unless we get serious, more innocent people will be killed by these animals. there is NO excuse for people driving while drunk...

Kelly J Kelly
Kelly J Kelly

good for them. Wish they got more of them. And yes I know it costs a huge amount of money that goes into some various types of bullshit profit "rehab" industry. BUT a good way to avoid that is to not drive drunk.

Aaron Foster
Aaron Foster

A cop should only be allowed to pull you over if you are driving dangerously (speeding, swerving) and backed up by dashcam footage.

Tom Adikes
Tom Adikes

One of these years we'll decide to be a real city and run public transit until at least closing time. Where's all this money going anyways?

Jeff Turille
Jeff Turille

...and lo' they were crushed and pummeled into dust, souls rended into pudding, charged out the @ss and fed directly into a for profit prison system that squealed with glee at the arrival of so much sudden nourishment...

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

They said the number of designated drivers who were stopped increased by a third. That's a sign or harassment. I know that here in Tempe, cops were literally stopping everyone. Last year the rate of police contacts in Tempe was higher than stop and frisk in NYC. Anyone who's unhappy with this police state is welcome to come express it at the city council meeting in Tempe tomorrow. This isn't just a morality play about drinking and driving, it's about police overkill and a Puritanical attack on recreation and fun. People in Tempe are getting stopped on foot, on bikes, in Lyft vehicles. Meanwhile the university has banned kegs at football games and the city has expanded the loud party ordinances to crippling levels for non-taxable night life (as in, not partying in the bars). People downtown are sick of it. https://www.facebook.com/events/1523214457908809/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Angie Bellinger
Angie Bellinger

Hey folks, stop drinking and driving. That is all. Thanks.

Sdmf Berserker
Sdmf Berserker

Yep ...amature night..that's why I stayed home. \m/, :P ,\m/

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

out here? probably just as hard as it is to think when voting...........so for many its probably pretty difficult

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