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  • Increase in holiday DUI checkpoints to begin end of November

    Nov 19, 2013 | Read More News
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    During the holidays, deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Unit and field deputies will be stepping up efforts to identify impaired drivers and get them off the roads. none

    Every weekend starting at the end of November 2013, the Department will be conducting DUI Sobriety Checkpoints and/or DUI Saturation Patrols to combine high visibility law enforcement and public awareness in order to deter or detect drunk drivers.

    Arizona laws mandate that judges must adhere to and impose sentences - even for first time offenders - that include jail time, court costs, and attorney’s fees. Other consequences include loss of job, loss of income, and loss of driving privileges.

    But the worst consequence of drunk driving is injuring or killing someone. In Arizona, if you are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and someone dies as a result of your reckless driving, you could face second degree murder or manslaughter charges.

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips:

    • Plan ahead. Call a cab, a friend, or a family member for a ride from a party where you will be drinking.
    • Become a designated driver or use a designated driver. Don’t drink and drive and don’t let friends do it either. Your ability to operate a motor vehicle can be compromised even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.
    • Become an advocate of breath alcohol testing. Breathalyzers are one way to curb irresponsible drivers from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Personal-sized breathalyzers are small enough to fit in a purse or pants pocket, and the larger coin-operated vending machine models are in demand.

    Have a safe holiday season.