As Phoenix car accident attorneys, we were surprised to hear that drunk driving arrests were down 25 percent this year compared to last year, according to a news story in Fox 10 on December 22, 2011. While this is partly due to the fact that interlock ignition systems have cut down on the number of people driving drunk, it also has to do with some serious budget cuts in some cities that affect DUI task forces responsible for arresting drunk drivers. As injury attorneys, we know how important arresting drunk drivers can be in order to prevent serious car accidents, and we hope that the reduced number of arrests can be attributed to less drunk drivers in the area.
Phoenix Alcohol-Related Car Accident Statistics
According to the report in Fox 10, there were 2,386 people arrested for drunk driving during November 24, 2011 and December 21, 2011. In 2009, there were 3,186 arrests made during the same time period. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there were three alcohol-related car accidents during Christmas weekend last year that resulted in three deaths. In Phoenix in 2010, there were 1,457 alcohol-related car accidents resulting in 52 deaths and 957 injuries.
Prevent Phoenix Car Accidents: The DUI Task Force’s Attempt
Although DUI arrests are down, police plan to step up their arrests during Christmas weekend to try to prevent alcohol-related car accidents. They will have six new DUI vans, as well as motorcycles and undercover cars in the street watching for drunk drivers. The vans are equipped with blood testing systems, allowing officers to save time and get right back in the field.
Contact a Phoenix Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
As Phoenix drunk driving accident attorneys, we applaud any attempt officers make at preventing Phoenix car accidents, especially including arresting drunk drivers. We also support organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) who bring awareness to the dangers of driving drunk. We hold drunk drivers responsible for the financial damage they have caused, including the expensive medical bills car accident victims often have, and we also file for punitive damages that are meant to further compensate our clients and punish the driver who broke the law. For a free consultation, contact us today.