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Labor Day traffic detail leads to 8 DUI arrests

Six local law enforcement agencies made 99 traffic stops during a DUI enforcement detail over the Labor Day holiday weekend, reported Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Twenty officers with the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Sedona police departments participated in the DUI detail, Reinhardt said.

Of those 99 traffic stops, officers charged one person for extreme DUI, one person for aggravated DUI, and six people for misdemeanor DUI. Two people were cited for seatbelt violations, three people were cited for underage consumption of alcohol, and 85 people were cited for other traffic violations, such as speeding, Reinhardt said.

The average BAC was 0.122, Reinhardt said.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies made 109 traffic stops on Friday and Saturday, arresting eight people for DUI, two for extreme DUI, and one underage DUI, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The average blood-alcohol content level was 0.18, D'Evelyn said.

Statewide, 6,393 officers made 36,815 traffic stops from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6 during Labor Day DUI enforcement details as part of the National Impaired Driving Crackdown, and found 734 designated drivers and made 1,732 DUI arrests.

Of those DUI arrests, officers arrested 178 people for aggravated DUI, 461 for extreme DUI, 1,554 for misdemeanor DUI, and 132 for DUI with prior.

Officers arrested 106 people for underage DUI and 121 for DUI drug arrests. The average BAC was 0.147.

Officers issued 991 seatbelt citations, 154 child restraint citations, 350 underage consumption of alcohol citations, and 16,335 other citations for traffic violations such as speeding.

"These statistics are the result of the dedication and training of police officers, sheriff deputies, volunteers, and other law enforcement personnel," said Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

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