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Arizona Police Arrest 4,371 People for DUI over Holidays

| by Michael Allen

4,371 people in Arizona were arrested on suspicion of DUI between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Of the 4,371 arrests, Arizona police officers arrested 1,098 people on suspicion of extreme DUI, 450 on suspicion of aggravated DUI and 934 on DUI drug-related charges, reports AZCentral.com

The average blood-alcohol of those arrested was 0.15 percent. The legal limit in Arizona  is 0.08 percent.

During the same period in 2011, police arrested 4,058 people, and in 2010 arrested 3,880.

A total of 2,247 officers participated in the DUI task force between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Highway Safety Office Director Alberto Gutier told AZCentral.com that the goal of the DUI task forces is “to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on our streets and highways by enforcing DUI and traffic laws in our state.”