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2:38 AM Fri, Dec. 14th

Unhappy campers at least are alive

At least 47 Yavapai County residents weren’t happy campers over the Labor Day weekend.

But the cause of their unhappiness made many other people happy and may have saved lives.

Local law enforcement officers on the Tri-City DUI Task Force netted 47 arrests on two saturation patrols and one saturation checkpoint over the weekend in Yavapai County.

The task force – comprising 57 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies – stopped 546 drivers and arrested nearly 10 percent of the drivers they stopped on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Thirty-two of the people face charges of misdemeanor DUI, which means their blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeded 0.08 percent, the minimum threshold for DUI in Arizona. Five people went to jail on charges of extreme DUI, which means their BAC exceeded 0.15. Five others met the criteria for charges of felony DUI. That means they already have three separate previous misdemeanor DUI convictions in the past five years, that they were driving drunk on a suspended license or driving drunk with a passenger younger than 16.

As a lagniappe officers issued 35 seat belt citations and 211 miscellaneous tickets on charges of speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes and others.

No one likes to get a ticket, and especially no one wants to go to jail. But both of those odious options are preferable to dying in a traffic accident, having the death of someone else on your conscience or spending years in jail as a consequence of your actions.

Good job, officers. Let’s keep it up.