Focusing on the East Valley, law enforcement officers who cracked down on impaired drivers during the 4th of July holiday weekend saw a drop in overall arrests for the first time since 2009. But there was an increase in underage drinking arrests.
With 100 less officers (1,655) participating in the DUI crackdown than a year ago, the total number of DUI arrests from last Tuesday through Sunday was 505, 18 less than a year ago. The number of alleged underage drinkers arrested was 39, nine more than a year ago, according to statistics from the governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Of the overall DUI arrests statewide, 161 were extreme DUIs (those with a .15 blood alcohol content or higher), four more than last year, according to the statistics.
Officers making traffic stops at various checkpoints, also discovered that fewer people are wearing their seatbelts. This year, there were 349 motorists cited for seatbelt violations, 147 more than a year ago.