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Glendale will be the epicenter of the football world this weekend. The Super Bowl pitting the Seahawks versus the Patriots promises to be an exciting one.
The contest also promises to be the reason police departments across the Valley – especially officers in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale – will be out in force looking for DUI offenders.
Like a gushing movie reviewer, or a president solemnly decorating a general’s starched uniform, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers also bestows stars for excellence. In the case of MADD, the stars are awarded to states for their efforts to prevent DUI offenders from harming others.
The good news is that in 2014, Arizona DUI arrests dropped for the third year in a row. The bad news is that despite the drop, more than 28,000 people were arrested for drunk driving in the state.
The DUI record was set back in 2012, when 32,174 people were taken into custody on drunken driving charges.
Like so many families do, an Arizona family from south of Phoenix traveled over the holidays to embrace loved ones for Christmas. They had stopped to spend the night in a Las Cruces hotel before heading south to meet their relatives.
We have all seen stories from Phoenix news outlets of wrong-site surgeries in which doctors amputate the patient’s left leg instead of the right, or remove a healthy kidney instead of the diseased one. We have also heard of surgeons leaving scalpels, retractors and other items inside patients who have undergone surgeries.