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Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 10:02 am | Updated: 5:04 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

More than 300 suspected drunken drivers — and counting — were arrested over the weekend in Arizona.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported Monday that after the third night for the Memorial Day Weekend DUI Task Force, 337 people had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

That number will climb, as it does not include arrests made Monday.

The task force has produced about the same number of citations as other holiday weekends, said Phoenix police officer Dan Mulleneaux, task force coordinator.

Often, the arrested drivers consider themselves designated drivers and have had less to drink than their passengers, Mulleneaux said.

However, they are still drunk themselves, he said.

The task force arrested 97 drivers on suspicion of extreme DUI, which means their blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent or higher.

Twenty-four drivers younger than age 21 were arrested on suspicion of DUI, while 122 citations were written for underage drinking.

Police issued 31 citations for drugs.

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