Arizona DUI Crackdown Nets Hundreds

September 8, 2009

An Arizona task force targeting drunken drivers netted 780 arrests in a little less than 2 weeks as it prepared for the Labor Day weekend.

The statewide task force began on Aug. 21 and ended Monday.

Of those arrested, 266 people face extreme DUI charges, meaning they had a blood-alcohol content above .15, more than double the legal limit.

The 780 people arrested so far had an average BAC of .15.

Seventy-four people under the age of 21 were arrested for underage DUI.

The task force conducts saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and youth alcohol enforcement. They want Arizonans to follow the slogan: “Drive hammered, get nailed.”

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