Beware, DUI Patrols increasing in December!

by Aaron Black • December 14, 2017
Drinking and driving over the holdayIts official the holidays are here and so are the DUI task forces. Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, announced an increased presence of the task forces through New Year’s Day.

According to Gutier, the checkpoints will be scattered throughout communities rather than manned areas.

Thanksgiving was unforgiving

The saturated patrols began over the Thanksgiving holiday netting 377 DUI arrests and will continue through December. That number is up from 333 in 2016.

What are the police looking for searching for drunk drivers?

A simple miscalculation behind the wheel can garner the attention of the police. In turn, that slipup can put your freedom at risk if you have been drinking, even if it was just a few cocktails at dinner.
  • Making wide radius turns
  • Straddling the center of the lane marker
  • Simply "Appearing to be drunk"
  • Barley avoiding striking an object
  • Weaving
  • Driving on other than the designated highway
  • Swerving
  • Driving more than 10 mph below the posted speed limit
  • Stopping your vehicle in traffic for no reason
  • Following too closely to the car in front of you
  • Drifting
  • Tires on lane marker
  • Braking erratically
  • Driving into oncoming traffic
  • Signaling inconsistently
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals
  • Inappropriately stopping
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating of Decelerating rapidly
  • Driving without your headlights on

Blood draws vs. the standard breathalyzer

Gutier also told The Arizona Republic that the Police are opting for a blood draw to determine if someone is over the legal limit versus the standard breathalyzer.
The blood draw is considered a better option as it also tests for other drugs that might cause impairment. The warrants for blood draws over the holidays will be issued at a far more rapid pace than they usually do.

Defend your rights!

As we all know, Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for DUI in the country. Even a first time DUI can carry some harsh punishments such as serving jail time and hefty monetary fines.

DUI offenses involve complex legal issues that require representation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of DUI laws. An attorney who practices DUI defense law should review your case if you have been charged with DUI in Phoenix or the surrounding areas.

That Law Office of Aaron Black represents clients in Phoenix and surrounding areas that include Apache Junction, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe, Arizona.

Aaron provides personal representation defending individuals in all Arizona federal, state and city courts. If you are arrested for a DUI over the holidays, as always, I am available 24 hours a day.

Contact the Law Office of Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free consultation.