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Arizona DUI Task Forces Have Arrested Nearly 1,000 People in the Last Two Weeks

Since the week of Thanksgiving, nearly 1,000 people around Arizona have been arrested for DUI by one of the DUI task forces around the state.

These task forces operate from late November through the end of the year (as they have in previous years), and stats from the Governor's Office of Highway safety show a yearly average of around 4,000 DUI arrests for these end-of-year task forces.

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New Times posts the locations of such patrols in the Valley every Friday the GOHS makes them available. The DUI task forces are only required to report this information for specific time-frames, which includes every weekend in December.

Thus far, there have been 18,561 traffic stops by these task forces since November 25. Cops found 498 sober designated drivers, but 971 allegedly drunk or drugged drivers -- 251 of whom qualified for an "extreme" DUI charge.

These task forces, made up of nearly 3,000 cops, have also given out some other citations, including nearly 300 criminal speeding tickets, nearly 400 seat-belt tickets, and 24 "aggressive driving" citations.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 23,000 DUI arrests during these DUI enforcement operations. There were more than 30,000 arrests in both 2011 and 2012.

Find all the stats released today by the GOHS below:

Check back tomorrow for information on this weekend's patrols in the Valley.

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