DUI crackdown set for holiday weekend

A Sheriff’s deputy “arrests” an impaired driver in this staged photo.

A Sheriff’s deputy “arrests” an impaired driver in this staged photo.

KINGMAN - The Kingman Police Department announced it will join a nationwide stop-DUI campaign for the coming Labor Day Weekend.

"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive - a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle - if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses," said KPD traffic officer Evan Kunert.

"We will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe and always designate a sober driver or find a different way home if they have been out drinking," Kunert said.

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Although drunk driving fatalities across the nation slightly declined in 2003 and 2004, alcohol-related fatalities are projected to increase in 2006. Moreover, according to FBI's Uniform Crime Report, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence during 2004.

"Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk," Kunert said. "Not only you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant."

Kunert said violators usually have to face jail time, the loss of their drivers' licenses, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses.

"So don't take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest," Kunert said.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office has participated in the nationwide DUI campaign since Aug. 14 and will continued to do so through Monday. Throughout the county, about a half-dozen Sheriff's deputies will be looking out for impaired drivers on the roadways and on the lakes and river.

"We want everyone to play it safe, and always remember, drunk driving is a serious crime," said Trish Carter, spokeswoman of the Sheriff's office.

The national "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" impaired driving campaign is a comprehensive impaired driving prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.