Police agencies coming together to patrol West Valley for drunk drivers

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 08:18:32-05

Several city and state police agencies are gathering together to patrol West Valley roadways in a targeted Friday night enforcement effort. 

With so many holiday parties planned this weekend, police agencies are coming together to stop dangerous, and deadly, accidents from ruining the holiday season this year. 

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, more than 66 officers will form the West Valley DUI Task Force to prevent crashes caused by impaired drivers. They will be patrolling the West Valley Friday night in hopes of arresting those who risk the lives of all by getting behind the wheel. 

The patrols are part of a larger effort to make both highways and city streets safe during the holiday season.

Police from Phoenix, Goodyear, Peoria, Glendale, Buckeye, Surprise, Avondale, Wickenburg, El Mirage and ASU are participating, along with Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and DPS. 

"Know that if you drive impaired, the combined effort of more than a dozen police agencies will be looking for you," Captain Tim Mason with DPS said in a statement. 
"I commend the dedication of all law enforcement officers statewide who are risking their own lives in getting impaired drivers off our highways and roads," Alberto Gutier with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said in a statement.