PINETOP — The White Mountain DUI Task Force will have a pre-Labor Day checkpoint in front of the Arizona Game and Fish Office in Pinetop on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Pinetop-Lakeside Cmdr. David Sargent, who is also the White Mountain DUI Task Force public information officer, said the checkpoint will set up between 7-8 p.m. and run until midnight or later as necessary.
Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction to allow officers to check for drunk drivers or vehicles with designated drivers.
Designated drivers who have intoxicated passengers on board will get a special patch or coin showing they kept drunk drivers off the road by being a designated driver.
“There will also be wolf packs on patrol Friday and Saturday to catch anyone drinking and driving,” Sargent said.
Sargent sent out a pre-DUI checkpoint “thank you” to anyone who will be a designated driver this weekend and to those who stay home and celebrate with alcohol or find ways to get home other than driving themselves.
He noted those are the people who help the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department keep the highways and roadways free of injuries or fatalities due to alcohol.
Sargent said the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office will help with transporting to jail anyone charged with DUI and taken into custody.
He noted the goal is to educate motorists to the point they will know better than to drink and drive. However, Sargent added, as much as the officers with the task force don’t like arresting people, they will do so if they find anyone operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
This is the eighth annual checkpoint for the task force, which has been in existence for 10 years.
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