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Labor Day task force ready

The Western Arizona DUI task force has started its annual Labor Day drunken driver campaign.

The task force last year arrested 16 people for driving under the influence and investigated four alcohol-related accidents.

Kingman Police Cpl. Dan Spivey, coordinator for the task force, said the enforcement campaign is statewide.

The Western Arizona DUI task force is comprised of officers and deputies from the Kingman Police Department, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the La Paz County Sheriff's Office

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.

Criminal penalties can range from jail time, a minimum fine of $250 plus surcharges and an additional $250 assessment to the Arizona DUI abatement fund.

Those who refuse the BAC test almost always lose their license for a year.

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