A first-time DUI conviction costs a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and insurance costs, the Arizona Governor’s Office for Highway Safety (GOHS) estimates. And the agency is helping cops step up enforcement in general with new infusions of funds.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said that through GOHS it got $35,000 in federal funds to help troopers help troopers catch and process drunk drivers, plus another $148,000 to purchase portable DUI testing equipment.
Likewise, GOHS recently awarded fresh funds to the Phoenix Police Department to stage saturation patrols and put “highly trained officers” on the road “to solely conduct DUI enforcement.”
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GOHS awarded $200,000 to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for traffic law enforcement and to deal with serious collisions. Of that sum, $113,000 is earmarked for enforcing DUI laws, DUI-recognition training and related tasks.
This article was updated Nov. 27, 2017 to include information about grants to MCSO.