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20 DUIs issued during Labor Day task force campaign

KINGMAN -The Western Arizona DUI task force recently wrapped up its Labor Day enforcement campaign, which ran from Aug. 21-Sept. 6.

The task force is made up of officers and deputies from the Kingman Police Department, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety, as well as agencies from Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City.

The task force made a total of 512 traffic stops, with 20 citations issued for driving under the influence. Of those 20, 12 were misdemeanor DUIs, six were aggravated offenses for driving on a suspended license and 14 were extreme DUIs, which means the driver's blood alcohol level was more than .15. One driver under 21 was arrested for DUI and 13 minors were cited for being in possession or consuming alcohol.

KPD Cpl. Dan Spivey said the average BAC for drivers cited was .1459. The legal limit in Arizona is .08. Spivey said 37 people who were stopped were identified as designated drivers for others, a statistic the task force recently began to keep.

A total of 229 traffic citations for various other offenses were also issued.

Those arrested for DUI face an administrative hearing before the Motor Vehicle Department, which could include a suspension of driving privileges.

At the time of arrest, police will take the driver's Arizona license and issue a 15-day temporary license. Most first-time offenders receive a 90-day suspension of their license. The driver is also stuck with towing and impound fees, and even first-time offenders can be forced to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

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