DUI crackdown nets 74 arrests Friday


by Casey James


Posted on December 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:12 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The first night of the 28th annual statewide DUI crackdown yielded 74 arrests, police said.

Authorities officially launched the holiday season crackdown on Friday, setting up a mobile command post in Phoenix.

"Each night during the holiday, the East Valley Task Force will set up a command post in a different city," said Tempe Police Department spokesman Sgt. William Cullins.

On Saturday night, several law enforcement agencies were stationed near Sun Devil Stadium where the Arizona State University and University of Arizona football teams fought for the Territorial Cup.

"We hope people are going to be responsible and take a cab or have a designated driver tonight," Cullins said.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and police from Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale helped run the Tempe command post.

Through the end of the year, officers will scour Valley streets for drunk drivers and transport them to the mobile command posts for booking.

Drunk driving in Arizona can cost offenders between $3,000 and $8,000. Drunk drivers can also spend between 10 and 45 days in jail.

"The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has made it a priority to make sure that we have the toughest laws within in the nation," Cullins said. "That's just based on the outcomes of the horrific events that we've seen from impaired drivers within our state."

More than 32,000 people were arrested in Arizona for DUIs in 2012, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.