Be safe this Memorial Day weekend

Most of us are probably scrambling to plan a last-minute Memorial Day weekend packed with fun and festivities, or already have a pre-planned weekend of fun organized. While the holiday in which we remember and honor all the people who have served, and celebrate those who are serving in the Armed Forces, is still a few days away, it’s a good idea to start preparing now for responsible fun.

Among your list of activities for the long weekend may be barbecues, a round of golf or laying out by the pool. But what goes great with all of those? A few ice-cold beers to help keep you cool in this desert heat.

While we all want to have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend, we also must remember to be smart and make wise decisions.

The Peoria Police Department is already thinking in advance to help keep its residents safe.

Peoria police and the West Valley DUI Task Force have announced that they will be setting up DUI checkpoints next weekend. Peoria plans to increase DUI enforcement efforts for the Memorial Day holiday by setting up DUI checkpoints and extra patrol officers. They will be set up in the area near Lake Pleasant with one simple goal: catch as many alcohol-impaired drivers as possible.

Officers will be holding a DUI checkpoint along Castle Hot Springs Road near the Lake Pleasant entrance. The checkpoint is scheduled to run from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 31. Police hope the location of the checkpoint will encourage people to arrange for a designated driver in advance.

At the checkpoint, cars will be stopped and police will speak with the driver to check for any signs of impairment. Drivers who appear drunk will face further questioning and investigation. Additional patrol officers will also police Arizona 74.

Officers from Glendale, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale, El Mirage, Buckeye and Tolleson regularly participate in the task force.

Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. Offenders can receive a DUI if they show the slightest degree of impairment, regardless of whether their blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.08 percent, which is the standard in other states.

Not that we should need an advance warning to help us make wise decisions…but it’s nice that we do have this warning in advance. Hopefully people will hear of the checkpoint and want to designate a sober driver.

Please be safe this Memorial Day weekend and have a great time with your loved ones!

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.