More Than 200 Drivers Arrested For DUI During Labor Day Weekend
PIMA COUNTY, AZ – On this labor weekend, the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force continues to struggle.
On Friday night, 456 individuals were pulled over by the saturation patrols around midtown and the university and twenty seven drivers were taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated, according to the task force totals. The DUI charges account for an estimated 6% of drivers stopped, but according to Sergeant Dawn Barkman, they were focused on safety instead of high number of people taking into custody. She said, “I’m glad we got them off the street. In my opinion, when we take someone off the street that’s driving impaired, we saved somebody’s life”.
On Saturday night, a checkpoint was set up by the Task force members from various agencies around southern Arizona at Old Spanish Trail, just south of Escalante Road. Barkman said locations are selected due to the reason of previous alcohol-related arrests or crashes. She also said that does not mean the area is an issue, but she told that the task force has had trouble there with previous operations.
She added, “One of our last checkpoints we had one of our Sheriff Auxiliary Volunteers almost got taken out by a drunk and the person actually ran into one of the patrol vehicles”.
The work was not over when the checkpoint was closed. She said that task force teams spread out for saturation patrols to keep the roads safe for the people driving.
According to a release from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 200 drivers from all around Arizona have been taken into custody for driving under the influence as of Saturday afternoon.
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