Numbers launched by the Governor’s Workplace of Freeway Security point out at the least 670 DUI arrests have been remodeled the weekend, which is 100 greater than final yr.
ARIZONA, USA — Arizona’s law enforcement officials arrested extra motorists for impaired driving over the latest Labor Day weekend than within the final couple of years.
In accordance with information launched by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the state’s officers made at the least 490 DUI arrests for alcohol and 180 arrests for drug impairment throughout the latest three-day weekend.
Throughout Labor Day weekend in 2020, the state’s officers made at the least 399 DUI arrests for alcohol and 118 for medicine. The Labor Day weekend of 2019 resulted in 519 alcohol-related DUI arrests and 130 drug-related arrests.
Excessive DUI arrests, which require a blood alcohol stage of at the least 0.15, have been additionally up this yr in comparison with 2020 and extra underaged drinkers have been detained for impaired driving.
The 2021 figures present officers made 62 extra DUI arrests particularly for drug impairment than they did final yr.
The Workplace of Freeway Security predicted DUI drug arrests would begin to enhance in 2021 after Arizonans voted to legalize recreational marijuana final November.
“We expect there will likely be a rise all around the state, slowly however certainly,” Alberto Gutier, the workplace’s director, said back in February.
On Tuesday, Gutier advised 12 Information in an e-mail that legalized marijuana “have to be the explanation” for the state’s soar in DUI arrests over Labor Day.
Gutier moreover identified how officers carried out extra “drug recognition” evaluations throughout this yr’s vacation weekend than in comparison with 2020 when marijuana was not but authorized to eat.
This was the primary Labor Day weekend officers started issuing citations for distracted driving after the state passed new laws prohibiting motorists from utilizing their telephones whereas driving.
Officers issued 108 citations for distracted driving over the weekend.
Officers notably issued fewer citations this yr for drivers not carrying seatbelts. Rushing citations have been corresponding to the quantity recorded final yr.
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