Thousands stopped by Kingman-area task force, 102 were impaired
Task force also issued close to 2,000 citations
KINGMAN - More than 100 of the roughly 3,000 motorists who were arrested for DUI in Arizona between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve were driving within the Western Arizona DUI Task Force region of Mohave, LaPaz and Yuma counties, according to Kingman Police Cpl. Dan Spivey.
A total of 4,776 drivers were stopped in the region during the holiday season in which 71 drivers were arrested for DUI and 22 more for extreme DUI. Nine were arrested for DUI drugs.
Sixty-five motorists acted as designated drivers and everybody made it home safely.
Nearly 2,000 citations not related to drinking and driving were issued during the operation.
Statewide, the 17 task forces in Arizona made more than 3,040 DUI arrests, which is 112 fewer than in 2012.
More than 83,000 traffic stops were made. While the vast majority of drivers were not impaired, those who were averaged a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.8 percent.
Also troubling is the fact nearly 25 percent of those arrested were charged with extreme DUI with blood alcohol concentrations above 0.15 percent and more than 330 drivers have a prior DUI conviction on their record.
More than 200 drivers arrested were under 21 years old.
Overall, 2013 arrests were down by a significant number from 2012.
According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there were more than 29,000 DUI arrests in 2013 compared to the more than 32,000 made in 2012. Extreme DUIs in 2013 were at about 7,000, roughly 2,000 less than the previous year and DUI arrests of drivers under 21 fell by nearly 230.
The average blood alcohol concentration remained the same at 0.15.
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