The Sierra Vista Police Department and partner agencies from the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force attended the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s holiday DUI enforcement kickoff event in Tucson today.
The local agencies joined elected officials, public safety personnel, city and county staff members, prosecutors, liquor distributors, restaurant association representatives, and ride service providers to spotlight upcoming DUI holiday task force deployments throughout the state. The Sierra Vista Police Department’s DUI task force van, which was awarded by the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety in 2014, was among the DUI enforcement equipment showcased at the event.
“The holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, is a particularly dangerous time of year to be on the road due to an increased number of impaired drivers,” SVPD DUI Task Force Coordinator Cpl. Tim Wachtel says. “We urge everyone to remember that the safest driver is always a sober driver. Always plan for a safe ride home before drinking alcohol.”
According to an Arizona Department of Transportation crash facts summary, there were 4,923 alcohol-related collisions in Arizona in 2016, resulting in 307 lives lost.
With the continuous support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Sierra Vista Police Department reminds drivers that if you choose to drive hammered, you will get nailed. Get a designated driver, not a DUI.