MCSO partners with state, local agencies to combat holiday DUIs

KINGMAN - Local and state law enforcement officers will be on the lookout this weekend and through the entire holiday season for aggressive, tired or drunken drivers.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office is participating in a statewide DUI enforcement campaign that started on Tuesday and will continue through New Year's Day.

Last year, the state DUI task force arrested more than 2,940 impaired drivers.

As of Oct. 31 this year, MCSO has arrested more than 380 impaired drivers, according to records.

"Our message is simple," said Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan. "Drunk driving. Over the limit. Under arrest. If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you.

"No exceptions. No excuses."

"Drunk driving is not worth the risk," said Sgt. Don Bischoff.

"Not only do 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."

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, last year during the Thanksgiving weekend 16 people were killed in 14 fatal motor vehicle collisions statewide.

That includes both surface streets and state highways.

Exactly half of the 14 fatal collisions involved alcohol.