Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427

12:20 PM, May 23, 2013

DUI Enforcement

Location of Incident: Yuma County, AZ

As part of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office ongoing traffic safety campaign, we will be conducting a DUI enforcement detail this Memorial holiday weekend in effort to detect, stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. Not only will Sheriff’s deputies be increasing patrols throughout Yuma County, but they will also be targeting areas with a high rate of recurrence for DUI-related collisions and/or arrests.

The Sheriff’s Office aggressively enforces the state’s 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) law, Administrative Per Se laws (immediate driver license suspension), 0.04 percent BAC law for commercial vehicle drivers and the 0.01 percent BAC limit for drivers under 21 years of age ('zero-tolerance').

In 2011, DUI related accidents in the state of Arizona led to 215 deaths. Simply designating a sober driver could have prevented those deaths.

Funding for the Sheriff’s Office traffic safety campaign is provided through a grant awarded by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. These funds enable the Sheriff’s Office to increase the number of deputies on patrol throughout Yuma County during high traffic holiday weekends and thereby significantly reducing the number of DUI-related incidents.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage all citizens to be safe this holiday weekend. If you plan to drink, please use a designated sober driver.


Information Released By:  Alfonso Zavala, PIO