Beware: New Year's Eve DUI detail

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Multiple law enforcement agencies in both Apache and Navajo counties will be conducting New Year's Eve DUI details to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

The DUI patrols will continue throughout the weekend.

Eagar Police Chief Mike Sweetser said the department will have a briefing at 5:30 p.m Thursday, Dec. 31, after which officers will hit the roads.

Shawn Roby of the Show Low Police Department said that department too will be on patrol New Year's Eve and during the weekend.

Pinetop-Lakeside Cmdr. David Sargent said the White Mountain DUI Task Force will have wolf packs out all weekend beginning Thursday night.

There won't be a checkpoint at the east end of town like in some year's past, only a command post at the Lakeside Timber Mesa Fire station on White Mountain Boulevard.

Sargent said the money to operate the task force checkpoint comes from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

The goal this year, as in years past, is not to arrest as many people as possible for drunk driving, but for wolf packs to encounter only sober drivers who are heeding the warnings of drinking and driving, he said.

Sargent noted sober, designated drivers with impaired New Year's Eve partiers on board stopped by the task force will get either a patch or coin from the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department in appreciation for doing the right thing.

DUI patrols will be conducted in St. Johns, Springerville, Snowflake-Taylor and by both the Navajo and Apache County sheriff's departments as well.

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