Task force makes 17 DUI arrests

KINGMAN - The Western Arizona DUI Task Force made 17 arrests for drunken driving over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Western Arizona DUI Task Force is one of 17 that operates across the state and is comprised of officers and deputies in Mohave, La Paz and Yuma counties. They made more than 500 stops as part of their special holiday weekend enforcement.

The average blood alcohol level of those arrested was .133 percent, said Kingman Police Cpl. Dan Spivey. That's a little less than double the legal limit.

Spivey said that on a good note, however, officers made contact with 37 individuals serving as designated drivers for their friends and family.

No fatal crashes in the area were reported over the weekend. The task force also arrested 17 people under the age of 21 for being in possession of alcohol.

Over the four-day holiday weekend more than 12,000 traffic stops were made across the state. Those stops resulted in 3,705 citations being issued and 531 DUI-related arrests.

"The Kingman Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety would like to extend a thank you for those concerned motorists who called in to report suspected drunk drivers," Spivey said. "Several of these subjects were located and arrested."

The next planned operation for the task force will be for the weekend of June 11.