**Kingman Police Looking for Impaired Drivers St. Patrick’s Day Weekend**

Published by The Bee News

March 15, 2023

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The Kingman Police Department, in conjunction with the Western AZ DUI Task Force, will be on extra patrol this St. Patrick’s Day weekend looking for impaired drivers. If you choose to drink, please don’t drive. Plan a sober ride before you reach “the Pint of No Return”. Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly; lack of attention to surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. 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…)

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provided the Kingman Police Department with grant funding for overtime to have additional officers assigned for enforcement and detection during times where the likelihood of impaired drivers is increased, usually around holidays.

The Kingman Police Department wants to remind those that choose to drink to use a designated driver, taxi or rideshare. If you suspect an impaired driver please contact law enforcement.

As you head out to the festivities, help us spread the word: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and if you Drive Hammered, You’ll Get Nailed.

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