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4:44 AM Fri, Jan. 18th

Task force to increase DUI patrols during the holiday weekend



KINGMAN - The Western Arizona DUI Task Force will be keeping a close eye on the roads this first summer weekend.

"The big thing is keeping the roads safe," Kingman Police Officer Dan Spivey said.

The force includes officers from the Kingman Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It will have three Driving Under the Influence saturation patrols on the streets this weekend on the lookout for drunken drivers.

Last Memorial Day weekend, the force arrested 29 drivers for driving under the influence and 17 residents for underage consumption in the Kingman area, Spivey said.

"Luckily we did not have any fatalities last year," he said. "We're hoping to continue that trend."

He also wanted to remind drivers that the penalties for driving under the influence have increased.

Drivers caught driving while intoxicated can find themselves facing stiff fines, jail time, suspension of their drivers license, having an interlock device installed on their vehicle and a price hike in their insurance among other things.