The holiday season brought expanded enforcement to the Prescott area to reduce accidents associated with driving under the influence. Reviewing Arizona’s DUI statistics can help you understand the safety risks of substance use as a motorist.
These are some of the most recent available statistics about DUI arrests in Arizona to keep in mind as we enter 2022.
DUI arrest rates
In 2020, KOLD News 13 reported that DUI arrests decreased in Arizona from 2018 to 2020. The site cited data from the state Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicating nearly a 25% decrease in DUI charges over the two-year period along with a 30% decrease in DUI misdemeanor convictions. The number of DUI arrests for drivers younger than 21 decreased by a third over the data period.
Blood alcohol content
The average blood alcohol content reported in Arizona DUI cases increased from 0.152 to 0.164% between 2018 and 2020. However, the number of arrests for “extreme BAC” (higher than 0.15%) went down by more than 50% during this time period.
According to the nonprofit organization responsibility.org, national DUI fatalities decreased by 8.4 percent from 2008 to 2018. In the same period in Arizona, fatalities associated with drinking and drinking increased by more than 15%, including an increase of more than 3% in incidents involving drivers younger than 21.
More than three-quarters of Arizona DUI fatalities involve BAC of higher than 0.15%. Nearly 90% of those cases involved people who have multiple DUI convictions.
If you face an Arizona DUI arrest, you have the right to defend yourself in court. You can also have an attorney represent you during the legal process.