Day after DUI: Experts see new trend in Southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

Day after DUI: Experts see new trend in Southern Arizona

(Source: KSAZ) (Source: KSAZ)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As we all know Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for parties, food and drinking.  In fact, we've uncovered that many people are still drunk the morning after the game.

That means, when you are driving to work you might be sharing the road with a higher number of folks under the influence.

DUI defense attorney, James Nesci has been defending suspects in Southern Arizona for 18 years.  He says he's seeing a new trend on our roadways.  Law enforcement calls it day after DUIs.  It's when people get arrested the day after drinking, some on their way to work.

"You can actually be prosecuted for a DUI if you're under the legal limit because it's driving while under the influence and impaired to the slightest degree," Nesci said.

Day after DUIs are something law enforcement is keeping a close eye on.  Sergeant Jason Dowdy with the Southern Arizona DUI task force says most people don't know how much time it takes for their body to get rid of alcohol.  He says some people may sleep a few hours and when they wake up they find themselves still impaired.

"If that person is going out drinking the night before, they get up early the next day they still have enough alcohol in their system to make it unsafe for them to drive a vehicle," Dowdy said.

Attorney Nesci agrees and says the bottom line is if you feel too drunk to drive, you probably are.

"How quickly you get to that level, depends on what's in your stomach," Nesci said. "It depends upon how much you drink, how fast you drink, your body weight."

Experts say for the average person it takes a while for alcohol to get out of your system.  In fact, if you go out and drink a six pack of beer it'll take more than six hours for the alcohol to leave your body.  And the more you drink, the longer it will take.

We wanted to find out what law enforcement is looking for when they patrol the streets.  We took to the streets with Deputy Jose Velasco with the Pima County Sheriff's office.

Within minutes of the ride, we heard a call of a reckless driver.  Deputy Velasco says reckless driving is a common sign the driver could be impaired.

"Sometimes it could be medical, other times it results in a DUI investigation," he said. 

In this case, deputies pursued a DUI investigation.  The man failed all sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence and arrested.

Deputy Velasco says its situations like these that they look out for especially on days like the Monday after the Super Bowl.

"They will be looking to make contacts, stop as many as they can and make sure everybody is ok," Velasco said.

Experts say there are a lot of misconceptions about what can sober you up - such as coffee, a nap or a cold shower - but they say the only thing that can make you sober is time.

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