Extra DUI patrols set for July 4 weekend

The Kingman Police Department and Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday weekend.

A state grant specifically provided to pay for officer overtime will enable the departments, which are part of the Western Arizona DUI Task Force, to saturate the street with officers.

"The DUI details allow officers to be assigned the specific task of locating and arresting drivers suspected of DUI," said Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper.

The goal of the Western Arizona DUI Taskforce is to deter to drivers who may choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Alcohol is the most well-known substance associated with DUI; however, the Kingman Police Department has noticed a significant increase in DUI arrests due to prescription medications.

It is important for drivers to understand that impairment due to prescribed medication is not just illegal, but just as dangerous and deadly.

If arrested for a DUI offense the offender faces jail time, an impounded vehicle, a suspended driver's license and hefty fines.