Labor Day DUI task force nets 940-plus arrests

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A task force targeting drunken drivers has netted 949 arrests since Aug. 21.


Latest on DUI checkpoints on Labor Day -'s Mike Watkiss reports the message for drivers across Arizona this holiday weekend was "Drive hammered...get nailed."

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The statewide task force began on Aug. 21 and ends Sept. 7.

Of those arrested, 315 people face extreme DUI charges, meaning they had a blood-alcohol content above .15, more than double the legal limit.

The 780 people arrested so far had an average BAC of .15.

The task force says 106 people who were arrested have prior convictions.

Ninety-two people under the age of 21 were arrested for underage DUI.

The task force conducts saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and youth alcohol enforcement. They want Arizonans to follow the slogan: "Drive hammered, get nailed."

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