City of Kingman Police Department stages their Mobile Command Center for a DUI check point. MCR/Aaron Ricca/File Photo
KINGMAN — You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!
The Western AZ DUI Task Force will be out this Memorial Day weekend. If people choose to drink, please don’t drive. Designate a sober driver. Anyone arrested for DUI drugs or DUI alcohol will go to jail and their vehicle will be impounded. The average cost of a DUI offense is close to $10,000. That fee includes fines, court fees, vehicle impound fees and insurance rates.
Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor fallen veterans, not become a statistic.
The Kingman Police Department has been awarded a grant by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant monies are to be used for overtime and employee related costs to enhance DUI and Impaired Driving Enforcement throughout the City of Kingman.
The goal of the Impaired Driving Program is to reduce alcohol and drug related driving fatalities and injuries through enforcement, education and public awareness throughout the state of Arizona.
KPD is an active participant in the Western Arizona DUI Taskforce, which includes the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and other area agencies along the Colorado River. The Western Arizona DUI Task Force will conduct DUI saturation patrols throughout the year during holidays and special events.
The penalties for impaired driving in Arizona are severe and include mandatory jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and court fees, suspension of driving license or privilege to drive, vehicle impoundment for 30 days and other expenses.
People who drive impaired can inflict severe consequences on human life.
According to 2017 statistics reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation, 32 percent of all fatalities in Arizona were alcohol related. Statewide, that is 320 people killed and 3,095 people injured.
In Mohave County alone, there were 12 fatal crashes resulting in 13 killed and 137 people injured in the reported 184 alcohol related crashes.
KPD wants to remind those that choose to drink to use a designated driver.
If a driver is impaired, contact law enforcement.
Drive Hammered, Get Nailed!