Arizona DUI Task Forces Rack Up 495 DUI Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend

DUI task forces around the state arrested 495 people on DUI charges over Memorial Day weekend.

That's the fewest DUI arrests of the last five years over Memorial Day weekend. An average of about 630 people were arrested over Memorial Day weekend between 2010 and 2013, according to statistics released by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

See also:
-Memorial Day Weekend DUI Patrols

The level of enforcement was about the same as previous years -- the statewide DUI task forces have averaged about 1,800 police officers combined, and included 1,849 over this year's holiday weekend.

As is the case with all holiday DUI enforcement, we published details and maps of DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints in the Phoenix area.

For the first time in the last five years, police actually pulled over more sober designated drivers (580) than allegedly drunk drivers (495). More than 5,000 citations were handed out, including for speeding and seat belt violations, but not including DUI.

See the stats below of DUI enforcement over Memorial Day weekend, from this year and last year:

Of the three statewide DUI-enforcement campaigns this year, Memorial Day resulted in the second-most arrests. There were 500 arrests statewide during Cinco de Mayo weekend, and 413 over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

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