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DUI checkpoint in Prescott Valley contacts 1,264 drivers, makes 15 DUI arrests<BR>

In a continuing effort to ensure motorist safety in Yavapai County the Northern Arizona DUI Task Force hosted an Impaired Driver Checkpoint on Saturday, Oct. 4. The checkpoint was located at Highway 69 and Prescott East Highway in Prescott Valley.

The Northern Arizona DUI Task Force is comprised of many Yavapai County law enforcement agencies including personnel from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona, and Chino Valley Police Departments. These agencies participated in the checkpoint.

The eastbound lanes of travel on Highway 69 were blocked from 9:00 p.m. on Saturday until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Members of the Task Force assessed drivers at the checkpoint for signs and or symptoms of alcohol/drug impairment. The following results were obtained during the 4.5-hour detail, where the average Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) of the drivers arrested was .104.

Total Number of Drivers Contacted: 1,264

DUI Arrests: 15 (1 felony, 14 misdemeanors).

DUI w/BAC + .08: 9

DUI w/BAC + .15: 1

DUI/Drugs: 2

DUI/Under 21 years of age: 2

Evidentiary Blood Draws by law enforcement: 9

Search Warrants for DUI Evidence: 1

Alcohol Offense Arrests: 13

Open Container in Vehicle: 9

Minor Consumption: 4

Drug Offense Arrests: 4

Possession/Narcotic Drugs (Cocaine): 1

Possession Drug Paraphernalia: 3

Weapon Offense Arrests: 1

Carrying Illegally Concealed Weapon: 1

Verbal warnings for seatbelt use and other equipment violations: approximately 200.

As a reminder, a DUI Checkpoint is manpower-intensive impaired driver enforcement strategy designed to contact a high number of motorists at a single time. Checkpoints also afford law enforcement an opportunity to share information with the motoring public about the dangers of impaired driving.

The October 4 checkpoint was funded almost entirely by grant money obtained from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and the Arizona DUI Abatement Council.

Volunteers from the Yavapai County chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), YCSO Volunteers in Protection (VIP), YCSO Mobile Command, and Prescott Valley PD civilian volunteers provided invaluable assistance at the checkpoint.

The Northern Arizona DUI Task Force and its participating law enforcement agencies encourage all Yavapai County motorists to "drive smart and drive sober."

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