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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Don’t Drink and Drive


December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AzGOHS) together remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. The annual kickoff of the Statewide Holiday DUI Enforcement campaign is Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Arizona State Capitol. The partnership between the AzGOHS, statewide law enforcement agencies, state, county and city agencies and other safety organizations, will help keep Arizona’s highways safe during the holidays.

The AJPD’s mission to keep our community, and those within, safe through enhanced public safety efforts has been given additional support from AzGOHS through two grants totaling $56,918. The grants will increase the officer staffing levels, with an additional emphasis of heightened propensity for speeding and driving while impaired. The grant also allows the AJPD to purchase a Lidar machine (handheld speed radar) and a Mobile Speed Alert Radar Sign. All intended for the purpose of promoting traffic safety.

Apache Junction Chief of Police Thomas E. Kelly acknowledged, “These additional sources of support from AzGOHS enhances the already cooperative efforts of every police agency that combines resources to combat drunk driving, reduce accidents, and save lives. Through these sources we are ever constant to ensure our streets are as safe as we can make them with stringent enforcement. Together, we, the public and your police department, strive in making Arizona’s streets a safe place.”

A reminder for all Apache Junction drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to prevent drunk driving:

  • If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  • If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation, etc. Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app which helps you identify your location and call a taxi or friend to pick you up.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

Remember, it is never okay to drive after drinking - buzzed driving is drunk driving!

With the holiday season approaching the Apache Junction police department wants to remind everyone to be responsible when you drive, buckle up - slow down - get there alive.

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