Authorities patrolling streets for drunk drivers in West Valley

Posted at 9:16 PM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 18:37:16-05

Valley authorities are teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Uber to combat drunk driving.

The West Valley DUI Task Force and 10 police departments hit the streets of El Mirage at 7 p.m. Saturday to stop drunk drivers. 

On Sunday, the El Mirage Police Department said that made nearly 200 traffic stops overnight. Their efforts resulted in six extreme DUI arrests, 14 misdemeanors, one minor under the influence and four drug-related DUI arrests.

Ten years ago, Jennifer Thompson's daughter, Felicia Edwards, was killed in a drunk driving accident when she was just 15 years old.

"It replays in my head every day...," Thompson said. "I'm still struggling with it because I didn't get 'I'm sorry.' I didn't get any type of closure from the 17-year-old girl that was responsible for bringing my daughter home.

Now, Edwards and other women are coming together to help curb drunk driving on the roads. 

Heather Ford's life was also forever changed because of not one, but three drunk driving incidents. Ford told ABC15 that two people, including her cousin, were killed by drunk drivers. Ford herself was also struck by a an impaired driver.

"It's something that's impacted me for the rest of my life," Ford said. "I have irreparable damage to my spine." 

The group will be out reminding people to save lives this holiday season by not drinking and driving.

"It focuses us on what we're trying to accomplish which is to keep the roads safe," Ford said. "Just saving one life tonight is worth it to us."