Officers prepare for holiday season drunken driving crackdown


Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Arizona police agencies are gearing up for the holiday season by training for crackdown on drunk drivers.

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety frequently holds what it refers to as alcohol workshops.

On Friday, the workshop transported volunteers to the Arizona Department of Public Safety headquarters where they agreed to consume alcohol.

The goal is for the volunteers to become intoxicated in a controlled environment so officers from around the state can conduct a number of alcohol-related tests on the individuals.

The tests are closely monitored by supervising officers.

3 On Your Side was invited and allowed to attend one of the workshops to see what transpires.

The workshop is just a small part of three eight-hour courses that helps officers stay polished in alcohol investigations.

It also assists in getting officers certified in Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN.

HGN is one of the three standardized field sobriety tests developed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to identify possible drunk drivers.

Publicizing the workshop allows officials to notify the public that officers will be out in full force this holiday season looking for drunk drivers.

The Governor's Office on Highway Safety has scheduled numerous dates throughout November and December that are designated for a DUI Task Force crackdown.