PHOENIX - Arizona's DUI task forces made nearly 1,350 arrests during the latest holiday enforcement.
Statistics released Monday by Gov. Jan Brewer's office show that 1,343 drivers were arrested for DUI by the task forces' 2,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies between Nov. 25 and Monday.
"These statistics are the result of the dedication and training of police officers, sheriff deputies, volunteers, and other law enforcement personnel" said Alberto Gutier, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Of that total, 333 were for extreme DUI with drivers having blood-alcohol levels of .15 percent or higher. That's well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent to operate a vehicle in Arizona.
The task forces also report 62 DUI arrests for drivers under age 21 and 217 DUI drug arrests.
Officials did not immediately say how the arrest totals compared to last year's Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period.
Of 1,343 arrests, the East Valley DUI Task Force accounted for 711 arrests, the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force 157, and the West Valley DUI Task Force 128 arrests from Thanksgiving Day to December 13.
Included in these numbers, Scottsdale PD arrested 175, Gilbert PD 163, Mesa PD 148, Phoenix PD 135, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office 131, Pima County Sheriff's Office 41, and Pinal County Sheriff's Office 34. DPS arrested 103 statewide.
The statewide DUI enforcement statistics from November 25, 2010 - December 13, 2010 include:
Participating Officers/Deputies (cumulative): 2,080
Contacts (Traffic Stops): 15,849
Sober Designated Drivers Contacted: 550
Total DUI Arrests: 1,343
DUI Aggravated: 115
DUI Misdemeanor: 1,228
DUI Extreme (.15+): 333
DUI Arrest with Prior: 150
Under 21 DUI Arrests: 62
DUI Drug Arrests: 217
Average Known BAC: 0.143
Seat Belt Citations: 210
Child Restraint Citations: 43
Under 21 Liquor Law Citations: 164
Other Citations (Speed, etc.): 6,151
Source: Governor's Office of Highway Safety
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