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Law enforcement increasing presence for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Prescott Police preforming a DUI stop (Courier, file)

Prescott Police preforming a DUI stop (Courier, file)

In an attempt to crack down on driving while under influence (DUI) during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, multiple law enforcement agencies are participating in Gov. Doug Ducey’s St. Patrick’s Day DUI Taskforce.

Those quad-city area agencies include the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Chino Valley Police, Prescott Police and Prescott Valley Police departments.

The Prescott Valley Police Department will staff extra officers to target impaired motorists. Police enforcement begins Friday, March 15, and will continue through Sunday, March 17.

The Sheriff’s Office and Chino Valley Police will also have additional personnel doing the same thing. The Prescott Police will be engaging in extra traffic safety patrols throughout the upcoming holiday weekend as well.

Some of these increased patrols are to combat impaired driving behavior, Prescott Police Lead Officer David Fuller said.

“We have to be prepared for it and to meet it head on to make sure everyone stays safe,” Fuller said.

Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Dwight Develyn said the personnel working the St. Patrick’s Day weekend are covered under a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grant.

During the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday, more than one-third of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“We would like to remind motorists always to please use a designated driver when appropriate,” Fuller said.

Prescott Valley Police offered several tips for having a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day. They include planning for a sober driver or using a ride service such as Uber, Lyft or a taxi; deciding to be the sober driver for the night; and not letting friends drive after drinking.

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