As people nationwide await the coming of Memorial Day weekend’s celebrations, Tucson, Arizona law enforcement prepares crews of officer for a Memorial Day Weekend DUI Enforcement program. These crews known as the “Task Force” will partake in the state’s efforts to increase the awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. The task force will be divided into Northern and Southern Arizona task force groups and will last a few days. What this program hopes to accomplish is a reduction of DUI related fatalities and injuries.
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The last Monday of the month of May has traditionally marked Memorial Day and the beginning of summer vacation for many students. This federal holiday originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Moving into the 20th century, Memorial Day began to include the commemoration of all Americans who died in all American wars. Many families use this day to commemorate and visit the grave sites of their fallen family members or loved ones. Originally the federal holiday was known as “Decoration Day”. There was not a specific date which cities celebrated, but most were in the month of May.
There is no doubt that many citizens will take this opportunity to relax and drink a few alcoholic beverages while reminiscing about the holiday with friends and family. Groups of volunteers are often seen decorating grave sites of fallen soldiers with American flags and flowers. They also use this time to reconnect with relatives who they have not seen in a while.
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While people celebrate and think about their loved ones, the program asks that people who drink alcohol stay away from driving a vehicle. If someone gets hurt by a drunk driver and wants compensation, they might want to call a Tucson Injury Lawyer. If a person has had any alcoholic beverages that day, it’s best they don’t drive. They should contact a family member, a friend, or a taxi service to come pick them up.
Authorities reported that in the 2011 Memorial Day weekend there were a deal of alcohol related crashes and one of which was a direct alcohol-related death. There were also various injury related accidents which affected the families of the victims. They were especially affected financially if they did not hire an injury lawyer to help them get the compensation they needed to pay for bills.
The program will run from Friday May 25th through Saturday May 26th. Pima County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from Tucson, Marana, Prima College, Oro Valley and the Department of Public Safety will make the task force for the two days. There will be undisclosed checkpoints and saturation patrols set throughout Southern Arizona in Tucson and Pima County waiting for intoxicated drivers.