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Mohave County Sheriffs Office, Kingman Police Department to step up DUI patrols over holiday weekend

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies and Kingman Police officers will be conducting extra patrols looking for impaired drivers on land and on water over the holiday weekend as part of the Western Arizona DUI Taskforce.

The departments are reminding motorists and boaters to designated a sober driver and stay safe this year.

According to KPD, more than 800 people lost their lives on Arizona roads last year, and almost half of the deaths were alcohol-related.

Deputies will be patrolling both the roads and the waterways, including Lake Havasu, this weekend. Last year, deputies investigated four traffic crashes, two of which were alcohol-related. They also investigated six boating crashes, none of which were alcohol-related. Nine DUI and seven operating while under the influence arrests were made last year along with seven other alcohol-related arrests, such as minor consumption and possession of alcohol.

Last year, law enforcement officers across the state made 505 DUI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend. Of those, 126 were extreme DUI, 45 were aggravated DUI felonies, and 43 were people under the age of 21. The average blood alcohol concentration of those arrested was 0.144. More than 11,000 traffic stops were made throughout the state, resulting in more than 5,000 citations being issued.

The Taskforce includes KPD, MCSO and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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