Key Findings & Observations

Executive Summary

Arizona established its formal, statewide Court Monitoring program in 2008. Since its formation, MADD staff members and volunteers have monitored tens of thousands of cases through funding largely from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). Arizona Court Monitors were physically present for court settings in addition to collecting data from online data bases in order to acquire the general trends described in this report. MADD Arizona will continue to monitor the adjudication process of DUI and DUI Drug cases in 2021 because of the funding provided by the GOHS, as well as the efforts of MADD staff members and volunteers. It is MADD’s hope that these efforts will ultimately further MADD’s mission to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, serve the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking in order to create a world of No More Victims®. We aren’t there yet. In the most recent data from 2019 by the Arizona Department of Transportation, 256 people were killed in alcohol related crashes, and an additional 2,969 individuals were injured. Arizona alone saw a total economic loss of over 3 billion dollars due to alcohol related crashes. It is important to recognize that MADD Arizona’s Court Monitoring program randomly monitors only a sample of all DUI and DUI Drug cases that go through Arizona courts. This report reflects only a small portion of all DUI and DUI Drug cases, their outcomes, and the individuals involved. The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted our world in 2020 and MADD Arizona understands that it may have had an impact on overall trends and is sympathetic towards those affected by the pandemic. MADD Arizona supports high visibility law enforcement. MADD encourages all officers to take part in the Arizona Drug Evaluation and Classification (DRE) program, which trains law enforcement personnel to identify drug impaired drivers. The passing of Proposition 207 and legalized marijuana use makes this even more of a critical tool for our law enforcement to have. Volunteers were key to the success of MADD Arizona’s Court Monitoring program. These individuals went to court on behalf of MADD, conducted data mining and management to maintain an up to date and efficient system, and were ultimately responsible for the success of Arizona’s program as a whole. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers!

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