/ Last Modified January 2, 2013

4,371 AZ DUI Arrests During Holidays

Upward trend in last 3 years, state highway safety office reports

Authorities say 4,371 people were arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

The Arizona Republic reports the arrests were made by officers participating in regional DUI task forces across the state.

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that officers arrested 4,371 people between Nov. 24 and Jan. 1 for suspicion of DUI-related offenses.

The totals continued an upward trend over the last three years in several areas, including extreme DUI, seat-belt citations and child-restraint violations. During the same period last year, police arrested 4,058 people, and in 2010 they arrested 3,880.

The agency says the average blood-alcohol content of those arrested was 0.15 percent. The state's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Officials say roughly 2,200 officers participated in the DUI task forces across Arizona.

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