DUI Task Force
The Santa Cruz County DUI Task Force is one of 16 active DUI Task Forces deployed throughout the state of Arizona. The efforts of the officers who volunteer for these task force deployments make our community roads a safer place to travel. The unit is dedicated to not only the arrest and prosecution of drug and alcohol impaired drivers, but in assisting other Highway Patrol officers with DUI investigations. This assistance includes drug recognition evaluations, phlebotomy, hospital follow-up, collision investigation, and search warrants.
Many of the task force deployments coincide with major holidays. These holidays unfortunately add a greater number of impaired drivers to the road. The Santa Cruz County DUI Task Force is a collaboration of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Nogales Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Patagonia Marshall’s Office. The DUI task force also provides educational programs for schools and the community.
In the State of Arizona, the laws that pertain to drinking and driving include:
- Zero Tolerance Law: It is illegal for any person under the age of 21 to drive with a positive Blood Alcohol Concentration
- .08 BAC Law: Anyone caught driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher will be arrested
- Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA): You must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol in the State of Arizona