All of us at Owens & Perkins hope that you and yours enjoy the usual fireworks, parades and family gatherings this 4th of July holiday. Celebrate the freedoms that we all enjoy in this great country, but please be safe and don't drink and drive.
Historically, the 4th of July holiday is one of the deadliest in Arizona for traffic fatalities due to drinking and driving. Police departments are likely to be out in force this 4th of July and you should expect a number of DUI checkpoints throughout the valley to catch drunk drivers and limit the dangers they pose on our roadways.
Last year, there were 16,696 traffic stops statewide in Arizona during the 4th of July holiday - an increase of over 38% from 2015. 488 of those stopped were arrested for DUI. With the increase in police presence specifically targeting potential drunk drivers, it is that much more likely that you may be pulled over this holiday if you are drinking and driving. The penalties for DUI in Arizona, including mandatory jail terms for even first time offenders, are severe and getting a DUI can have dire consequences not only on your pocketbook but also possibly on your current and future employment.
Don't be another statistic this year - if you are going to consume alcohol, please call for an Uber or Lyft, or even an old fashioned cab, or have a designated driver.
But, if you or a loved one are charged with a DUI this holiday, call us at (480) 630-2464 to speak with one of our experienced defense attorneys. We can help.