Originally Published: September 8, 2018 9:25 p.m.
Five law enforcement agencies participated in a DUI and Seatbelt Task Force during the Labor Day weekend, which resulted in several arrests and numerous citations.
Prescott Valley, Prescott and Chino Valley police departments, along with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Public Safety focused the Task Force operations along Highway 69, one of the busiest corridors in the quad-city area.
Officers stopped 100 vehicles during the mission. Of those, three drivers were arrested for extreme DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0.150 or higher, with one of the three also charged with Aggravated DUI. The highest BAC noted was 0.270. Sheriff’s deputies discovered one of the drivers had two prior convictions since 2012; his BAC level was 0.223 two hours after he was stopped.
Another driver was arrested for misdemeanor DUI.
Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO media relations coordinator, states that YCSO arrests in 2017 included two misdemeanor DUI arrests, one Extreme DUI arrest, one drug-based DUI arrest, four non-DUI related arrests, and three speeding citations, including one for Criminal Speed.
Prescott Valley Traffic Unit Sgt. Rob Brown said 26 drivers were cited for speed this year. Officers issued 31 additional citations for seatbelt, equipment, unsafe driving, and other violations.
Officers contacted and commended designated drivers in three vehicles.
The Task Force was made possible by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety DUI Traffic Enforcement Program. Its objective is to reduce the number of car crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities through increased, highly visible enforcement.
Sgt. Brown expressed his thanks to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the local law enforcement agencies that made this Task Force possible.
The Prescott Valley Town Council will consider accepting a GOHS grant for $28,000 for Fiscal Year 2018-19 at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 13. The funds will be used for conducting enforcement activities throughout the award period of Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019. The money will support DUI enforcement overtime, materials, and supplies.