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Report: DUI task force stops 20,000

More than 20,000 traffic stops have been made since the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety established a DUI task force to look for impaired drivers.

Agency Director Alberto Gutier said Dec. 7 that more than 2,000 officers and deputies have been involved in the effort since it began on Thanksgiving weekend.

So far, officers have arrested more than 1,200 people for driving under the influence. Authorities say 249 people face extreme DUI charges for having blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 percent or above.

Agency officials say the average blood-alcohol content for those stopped for DUI was 0.162 – double the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Officials say another 9,800 drivers have been cited for other offenses, like speeding.

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