- Last year, the Tucson Police Department cut its DUI squad in half due to budget cuts and now the department is saying that DUI arrests are down and DUI-related crashes are up because of the change.
- During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Tucson DUI squad made 3,206 arrests. That number dropped to only 2,388 DUI arrests during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, making it a 26% drop between the two years. Meanwhile, DUI-related crashes rose by almost a full percent.
- The DUI squad reported that it only works Wednesday through Saturday nights. They didn’t conduct any checkpoints this year, choosing to focus on saturation patrols that let the officers monitor places with a high rate of DUI’s.
We’re NOT focusing on these numbers in an attempt to tell people they are less likely to be caught drinking and driving. There is never a reason to drink and drive. What we want to show you is that these statistics DO mean it’s even more important for people to know their rights if they are ever pulled over and suspected of drunk driving. Not all Arizona police officers are trained to conduct DUI investigations and if DUI squads are being cut, you are more likely to be pulled over by a police officer NOT familiar with Arizona DUI law.
When you have a number of well-trained DUI officers with specific DUI training and experience, you are more likely to be treated fairly and in accordance with the law. Officers not trained in DUI arrests may not know the ins and outs of Arizona DUI law and not present you fairly in court or in police records. This is another reason why it is so important to have an Arizona DUI Attorney review your case before moving forward in any court proceeding. An experience attorney will investigate police records and how you were treated by police, establishing the best possible defense for your case and minimizing your sentence because of your defense.
Get The Help You Need
If you need to speak to an Arizona DUI Attorney about the issues related to a DUI arrest, call now for a free, 24/7 DUI consultation with Charlie Naegle (DUI Attorney Arizona). Call 480-245-5550 for immediate service or use the case evaluation form below and someone from the firm will be in touch with you shortly.