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Arizona launching statewide DUI task force over Thanksgiving weekend

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PHOENIX — Many people will use the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to celebrate with friends and family, but Arizona law enforcement wants to be sure those who partake a little too much stay off the roads.

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said Tuesday it would head a statewide DUI task force over the weekend.

Last year, nearly 300 people were caught driving under the influence by a similar task force. That marked a drop of nearly 100 arrests from 2014.

Triple-A of Arizona will again offer its Tipsy Tow service between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday to help people get home safe.

“The night before Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated nights of the year at bars and restaurants because most people have the day off the next day,” Stephanie Moe with the agency said.

The service is open to members and nonmembers alike.

Triple-A will take a person and their car either home or to a hotel. The service is free if the address is within 10 miles, otherwise the person will be charged the standard tow rate.

The service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Moe said it should be used as a last resort.

To request a Tipsy Tow, call 800-AAA-HELP.

KTAR’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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