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Few intoxicated drivers over holiday in Mohave County
11/29/2012 6:00:00 AM
By Erin Taylor
Authorities said holiday drivers in Mohave County were on their best behavior over the holidays with just three people arrested for driving under the influence.
Sgt. Don Bischoff from the Sheriff's Office said the Western Arizona Task Force, which includes the
Kingman Police Department
, had extra deputies and officers on the roads from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for five days beginning the day before Thanksgiving.
The extra patrols were covered financially by grant funds from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Bischoff explained that off-duty officers are paid with those funds to work the detail so there is no disruption of normal patrol functions or scheduling.
The Sheriff's Office said there were no alcohol-related accidents over the five-day period.
Statewide, DUI task forces made 257 arrests for driving under the influence, with 86 of those drivers having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 percent.
Those arrested for DUI in Arizona face an administrative hearing before the Motor Vehicle Department, which could include a suspension of driving privileges.
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.
Authorities ask drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver in advance or call a taxi, a sober friend or family member.
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