DUI task force warns Arizonans to be safe on New Year's Eve - New York News

DUI task force warns Arizonans to be safe on New Year's Eve

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Many will bring in the new year by partying, but be wary of how you get home. The DUI van will be out and officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

When you're out celebrating this New Year's Eve, think before you get behind the wheel.

"They're putting not only themselves, but  innocent families, innocent victims at risk," said Lt. Brian Lee, with Phoenix police's DUI Task Force.

Drunk drivers will have to contend with a mobile DUI processing unit in every precinct in Phoenix.

"What's frustrating for law enforcement is that the DUI is 100 percent preventable," said Lee.

Roughly 1,700 Phoenix officers will be looking for impaired drivers.

Lee is seeing a rise of extreme DUI drivers who are not just consuming alcohol.

'It's continuing to resurface, presence of prescription drugs. People seem to think that if a doctor prescribed it, it's okay. They don't realize it has the exact same symptoms that you get through alcohol impairment or through illicit drugs," said Lee.

So far this holiday season, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 27, officers have already arrested 3,353 people statewide.

578 arrests were made in Phoenix alone.

Once suspected, drunk drivers are given field sobriety tests and brought to a mobile processing center, where officers can finger print them and check their records instantly.

"We're seeing less of border line impaired driver and more of the extreme impaired driver," said Lee.

Lee recommends you plan how you are getting home before leaving the house for a New Year's Eve party.

Call a driver in advance or have a secured designated driver.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:30:48 GMT
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:20:19 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:48:14 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices