Relatively quiet Memorial Day weekend opens travel season

KINGMAN - Eleven people were arrested for driving impaired over the holiday weekend, and two of them were for felony aggravated DUI with an average blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 - double the legal limit.

In addition to the DUI arrests, 510 motorists were stopped this weekend. Eleven were minors who were taken into custody for consuming alcohol, 150 motorists were cited for a variety of infractions and one serious injury accident resulted in a motorist being transported to a hospital following a two-car collision Sunday on U.S. 93.

"Fortunately, we had no fatalities," said Kingman Police Cpl. Dan Spivey, who said the department appreciates local businesses that posted anti-drunk-driving messages on their marquees this weekend.

The Task Force is comprised of the KPD, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the Bullhead City Police Department, the Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies in LaPaz and Yuma counties.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the Waterways division had a busy weekend on Lake Havasu. They handled a total of 151 calls, according to spokeswoman Trish Carter.

While the most serious offenses were six operating under the influence arrests and 88 were simple warnings for boating violations, Sgt. Doug Schuster said incidents of accidents and alcohol or drug impairment were down this weekend, which marked the unofficial start to summer and the traveling season.

"I attribute this to years of proactive patrol, which in turn has created a much safer environment on the lake," said Schuster.

In addition to the OUIs and warnings, there were two boating accidents without injury and one with an injury; one reckless operation; and 31 safety violation citations, such as insufficient flotation devices, overloaded watercraft or lack of a fire extinguisher, for example.

There were 17 boater assists, three agency assists and two medical assists, said Carter.

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