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DUI task force nabs 14 drivers

PRESCOTT – The Northern Arizona DUI Task Force arrested 14 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence during Saturday's driver sobriety checkpoint patrols in the tri-city area.

According to Prescott Police Sgt. Rich Gill, about 18 officers from tri-city law enforcement agencies participated in the effort.

The average blood alcohol level was 0.12, he said. Police also arrested six drivers on charges of minor consumption of alcohol and issued 119 citations for miscellaneous violations.

These numbers were significantly higher than last year's Labor Day weekend, Gill said.

He said 16 officers worked DUI checkpoints in 2002 and made five DUI arrests and four arrests for minor consumption of alcohol.

The Associated Press reported that, based on the Governor's Office of Highway Safety data, authorities arrested almost 370 motorists on suspicion of driving drunk in Arizona during the holiday weekend.

By Sunday, they reportedly arrested 368 drivers. Fewer officers reportedly worked DUI checkpoints on the roads this year.

This past year, more than 1,900 officers patrolled road-ways on Labor Day weekend, compared with 1,000 this year.

Officers reportedly made 817 drunken driving arrests over the 2002 Labor Day weekend.

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