The Parker Police Department, La Paz County Sheriff’s Department and Quartzsite Police Department will be partnering up with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to conduct a multi-agency Labor Day holiday weekend DUI saturation detail.
The goal of the enforcement detail will be to deter impaired drivers, according to a press release, using overtime funds to allow additional officers to patrol and be highly visible during the holiday weekend.
The statement cited the most recent DUI statistics to demonstrate the need for the detail:
“According to the Federal Highway Administration, as of 2015 (most current statistics) 10,965 people died in automobile accidents in which at least one driver was impaired. This accounts for nearly 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the country. In Arizona, approximately 30 percent of all fatal accidents were alcohol-related. Impaired driving costs the United States approximately $199 billion annually. Every day, 28 people are killed in the United States as a result of impaired driving.”
The agencies implored all drinkers to use a designated driver over the Labor Day weekend, and to enjoy the holiday.