Happy Cinco De Mayo – AZCOPS
AZCOPS wishes everyone a happy and safe Cinco De Mayo.
If you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with cervezas, tequila, margaritas or other alcoholic beverages, think twice before you get behind the wheel.
Phoenix-area law-enforcement agencies will be out in force starting Wednesday and continuing through Saturday.
DUI task forces are planned by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe and ASU police departments.
Up to 70 additional officers will meet nightly at a command center at 7601 E. McKellips Road, Scottsdale, near Miller Road, to be assigned to their patrols.
Phoenix police also plan to increase the number of officers on patrol, according to Sgt. Johnathan Howard, department spokesman.
The police efforts have a simple goal: Remove impaired motorists from the roadways to keep everyone safe, authorities said.
Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving impaired, which means you can still be arrested even if your blood-alcohol content is below the legal limit of 0.08.
A first-time standard DUI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 can mean up to 10 days in jail, around $1,500 in fines, a 90-day to 1-year license suspension and a required ignition-interlock device.
The Cleveland Clinic has a blood-alcohol calculator that can give you a rough idea of the impact all those tequila shots have on your blood-alcohol content based on factors such as your weight and the alcohol content of your drinks.
“There is no reason a motorist should even consider driving while impaired,” Howard said.