Kingman Police Department Awarded Grant Funds from Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Published by The Bee News

October 26, 2023

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The Kingman Police Department is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a
$34,502 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for DUI/Impaired
Driving Enforcement. The grant funds will be used to pay for officer’s overtime costs for
enhanced targeted DUI and impaired driving enforcement throughout the City of
Kingman from October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024. The goal of the Impaired Driving
Program is to reduce alcohol and drug related driving fatalities and injuries through
enforcement, education, and public awareness throughout the State of Arizona.
The Kingman Police Department is an active participant of the Western Arizona DUI
Task Force, which includes the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of
Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Bullhead City Police Department,
and Lake Havasu City Police Department. The Kingman Police Department in
coordination with the Western Arizona DUI Task Force will conduct saturation patrols
throughout the year with an emphasis on holidays and specific event days when incidents
of impaired driving are higher.
Arizona has severe penalties for impaired drivers which is recognized as a violent crime.
Anyone arrested for DUI drugs or DUI alcohol will go to jail and their vehicle will be
impounded. The average cost of a DUI offense is close to $10,000 (fines, court fees,
vehicle impound, insurance rates, etc…). These economic costs don’t include the
personal costs for the potential loss of life or your job.

The Kingman Police Department wants to remind you to plan ahead for a sober ride
home in advance if you plan to use an impairing substance or will be drinking alcoholic
beverages. Before you ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle, remember: If You Feel
Different, You Drive Different and If you Drive Hammered, You’ll Get Nailed! The
Kingman Police Department will be out this weekend looking for impaired drivers. We
want everyone to enjoy Kingman’s spooky fun and Halloween festivities. Please plan
ahead if you are going to be drinking and designate a sober driver, taxi, or rideshare.

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