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Aug 16, 2012 4:42 PM by Ian Cross

Pima Co. Sheriff's Dept. conducting checkpoint, patrols on Sat.

TUCSON - This weekend, Pima County Sheriffs will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols as part of a national effort to crack down on drunk and impaired driving.

Deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown on Saturday, August 18, and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired, PCSD officials stated in a news release.

"We want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," said Sergeant Jason Dowdy, supervisor for the Sheriff's DUI Unit.

According to the national organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, of the 233 billion trips in cars each year, about one out of every 2,000 were taken by those driving under the influence of alcohol, and one in every three traffic deaths involves drunk driving.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking all motorists to be responsible citizens. If you are impaired, stay away from operating a vehicle.

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