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Arizona police to increase DUI enforcement for holidays

County Attorney Bill Montgomery is at the podium in front of police officers from throughout the state during a Tuesday press conference at the Arizona State Capitol. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Drive Hammered, Get Nailed.

That's the message police have for people who are drinking and driving this holiday season, as cops will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says over 80 Arizona law enforcement agencies will take part in over 180 DUI saturation patrols this season.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said there will be a lot of consequences if you get caught.

"You will spend time in jail. You will spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in fines and fees," Montgomery said. "In addition to other circumstances, if you drive impaired with children in your car, you will become a felon."

Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema is commending the cops who will be trying to get drunk drivers off the streets.

"When you have to arrest a guy who is 220 pounds and has a .20 (blood alcohol level), and one minute he's crying and saying he's sorry...and the next minute he wants to rip your head off and kill your family...and the next minute he's fighting you with everything he's got to keep you from putting him in handcuffs...and the next minute he's throwing up in your patrol car, that's not a pleasant experience," he said.

The police agencies hope that their "don't drink and drive" campaign will get Arizonans to think twice about drinking and driving, leading to fewer arrests this year.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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