Police agencies across Arizona to launch statewide crackdown on drunken driving on
The annual Thanksgiving-New Year Holiday statewide crackdown on drunken drivers in
Arizona officially started with a kickoff on December 3rd held in Phoenix, Arizona.
Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicated all of the 17 DUI Taskforces,
involving more than 70 police agencies across the state will take part in the special patrols.
Agencies participating in the crackdown have gotten an early start by launching patrols
just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Western Arizona DUI Taskforce, consisting of officers from the Kingman Police
Department, Bullhead City Police Department, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety,
Hualapai Tribal Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County
Sheriff’s Office, are all involved in special operations in their local jurisdictions.
During the last two weeks, the Western Arizona DUI Taskforce made over 700 traffic
stops, arrested 12 motorists for DUI, who had an average blood alcohol level of 0.137. The Kingman Police Department’s
Mobile Command Post will be out every weekend until New Year eve assisting with processing impaired drivers.
Impaired driving does not only involve those who use alcohol. Illegal drugs and
prescription drug use have continued to increase the arrest numbers. Last year, Kingman Police Officer Dan Spivey
conducted a number of drug evaluations on subjects who were arrested on substances other than alcohol. Often times just
one or two alcoholic beverages combined with a prescription drug dose can severely impair a person’s ability to safely
operate a motor vehicle.
Last year, more than 5,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona between Thanksgiving and New
Year’s Day, according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The average blood-alcohol level of drivers arrested between the two holidays in 2012,
was 0.15 percent, nearly doubling the legal limit of .08 percent.
Motorists are encouraged to please call 911 if they observe a suspected impaired
driver. If possible, provide a good vehicle description, direction of travel, and a possible license plate number.
The statewide crackdown is scheduled to end on January 1st.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier predicted there
will be a large number of DUI arrests during the holidays, but hopes drivers will think twice before getting into their
vehicles after drinking. “My hope is that we are going to have less DUI arrest and more designated drivers. Success to
us means less DUI arrests” said Director Gutier.
The Western Arizona DUI Taskforce and Kingman Police Department would encourage the use
of a designated driver or take advantage of the cab companies who often provide discounted rates during the holiday
Coffee with Cops
Coffee with Cops is a community outreach program. KPD holds these events at different times and locations throughout the city on a quarterly basis. The events are advertised and posted, inviting anyone in the community to come
and share a cup of coffee with members of the department. The idea is to make ourselves more accessible to the general public for questions and comments. The Kingman Public Safety Mobile Command Post is usually the meeting point and makes the event easier to
The Kingman Police Department is hosting
it's next Coffee with Cops meeting has yet to be announced.
Community Service Reminder to Minimize
the Chance of Being a Victim
The Kingman Police Department would like to remind
the community that most crimes are that of opportunity. Over the last two weeks the Kingman
Police Department has handled two stolen vehicle investigations wherein the victim had left
their car running and unlocked while they entered a convenience store. Leaving your car
running and unattended is discouraged; however, at a minimum the car should always be
locked. This requires the driver to carry a second set of keys. Since it is the holiday
season the Kingman Police Department does not want the Grinch to steal anyone’s Christmas.
"Lock it or lose it!"
Holiday DUI Enforcement
The Kingman Police Department, in partnership with the Western AZ DUI Task Force, will
be out this holiday season seeking to apprehend those who choose to drive while impaired.
KPD is able to provide enhanced DUI enforcement due to a grant awarded by the AZ Governor's
Office of Highway Safety. This grant helps to cover the cost of enhanced enforcement. The
DUI details allow officers to be assigned the specific task of locating and arresting
drivers suspect of DUI. The goal of the Western AZ DUI Task Force is to provide a
deterrence to drivers who may choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Alcohol
is the most well known substance associated with DUI, however KPD has noticed a significant
increase in DUI arrests due to prescription medications. It is important for drivers to
understand that impairment due to a prescribed medication is not just illegal, but just as
dangerous and deadly. If arrested for a DUI offense the offender faces jail time, their
vehicle being impounded, their driver's license being suspended, and hefty fines. The
Kingman Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
ATF/MAGNET: Operation Street Sweeper
KINGMAN, AZ – The Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF) today announced the conclusion of a joint investigation dubbed Operation Street Sweeper, which has
resulted in the arrest of defendants who are charged with violations of federal and state narcotics and firearms laws.
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Community Alert & Warning: Rash of Scams and Frauds
Over recent weeks the Kingman Police Department has taken several reports from Kingman residents who have fallen victim
to telephone and internet scams. One victim, who thought they were attempting to claim a sweepstakes award, lost
$24,000. Another victim wired money thinking they were helping a loved one involved in a legal issue in Canada. These
scams are nothing new, but the victims are. The Kingman Police Department would like to remind the public that any
legitimate sweepstakes or lottery will not demand money up front. Also, anyone who receives a telephone call from a
person pretending to be a loved one, or representing a loved one asking for money to be wired, should immediately
suspect a scam. Most, if not all, of these scams are perpetrated from outside of the United States. This makes the
chances of the criminals being arrested and recovering money virtually impossible. Prevention is the best defense.
Additional information is available by clicking on the "Scams/Fraud/ID Theft" link.
Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run (AZLETR)
to Benefit Special Olympics Arizona
On April 20th local law enforcement participated in the 2013 Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run (AZLETR) to Benefit
Special Olympics of Arizona. KPD hosted the first leg of the run, which began at 9:00am at Centennial park in Kingman.
Participants ran, walked or biked either a 1.8 mile or 2.9 mile route. Over 41 people participated. Over $1000.00 was
raised to benefit Arizona Special Olympics. The event is organized each year by KPD Ofc. Rochelle Finney.
AZLETR Mission Statement: The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for
Special Olympics Arizona statewide. We carry the Torch representing the Flame of Hope and dedicate ourselves to helping
Special Olympics Arizona throughout the state.
Members of the KPD Honor Guard joined by members of the MCSO and MTC Prison Honor Guard during a recent community event.