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Police to conduct DUI patrol over St. Patrick's Day weekend

Extra officers to patrol roadways looking for signs of impaired driving Mar. 16-18 in an effort to keep the public safe, thanks to a grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

YUMA, Ariz. - The City of Yuma Police Department (YPD) will conduct an impaired driving detail Mar. 16-18, 2017.  Additional officers will be used to rove city streets looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.   

The focus will be impaired driving and the apprehension of impaired drivers, yet police will also also actively enforce traffic laws, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways. 

Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes.

YPD recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day holiday. 

  1. Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  2. Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
  3. If you’re impaired, use a taxi, Uber, call a sober friend or family member
  4. If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911
  5. And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.