Motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver kills nearly 30 people every day. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that more than 2.3 million people injured from fatal car crashes were treated in emergency departments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics in 2009 also revealed that 32 percent of about 34,000 car accident fatalities involve impaired driving.
Unlike last year’s Memorial Day Weekend, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office revealed that DUI arrests this year’s celebration were much lower. The lower rates of DUI’s were met with an increase in cab company business. These results implied that most of us are getting the “Don’t drink and drive” message and becoming even more responsible when it comes to drinking and driving in Arizona.
In pursuit to establish a safer weekend holiday, 30 sheriff deputies were sent to lookout for impaired drivers from Friday night to Sunday night. In fact, the number of DUI arrests went down to 14 between Roosevelt Dam and Lake Pleasant.
Meanwhile, other reports from last weekend holidays are:
- 135 underage drinking were issued tickets from Friday to Sunday, almost the same as last year
- 460 people were arrested during heightened enforcement of drunken driving laws over the holiday weekend statewide.
- 462 arrests from Wednesday through Sunday as per the statistics released Monday for Arizona’s statewide DUI enforcement program
- 11,000 traffic stops were made by officers and also recorded 330 designated drivers behind the wheel
If you have been injured in a car collision due to impaired driving in Arizona, call our Mesa drunk driving accident lawyers at (602)-457-6222 to schedule your no-cost consultation. Breyer Law Offices P.C. has a long and successful track record of protecting our injured clients’ rights and securing them fair compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.