People say the holiday season should be about giving, and local law enforcement seems to be taking that to heart by giving out DUIs like they're going outta style.
As part of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety's Holiday DUI Task Force, with the clever catch phrase "drive hammered...get nailed," law enforcement agencies from across the state have rounded up hundreds of tipsy motorists in fewer than three days.
The task force went into effect on Thanksgiving and has "nailed" 334 drunk drivers, including 90 on Saturday alone.
Of the 334 arrests, 49 were for "extreme DUI," or having a blood-alcohol content of .15 or higher.
Considering the laws in Arizona, you're an idiot if you're one of the people stupid enough to drive drunk in this state. However, if you do, do yourself a favor and stay out of Mesa and Gilbert. Police in both cities nabbed a combined 55 drunk drivers, two of the highest single-city number of busts in the state.
The Holiday Task Force is scheduled to end New Year's Eve. When it's over, you'll have a slightly lower chance of getting busted but you'd still have to be an idiot to drive drunk in Arizona.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.