MOHAVE COUNTY – Law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be out in force through Memorial Day weekend seeking out impaired motorists, whether they are on land or water.

Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson is particularly concerned about area waterways.


“It is that time of year again,” Williamson said at a recent Bullhead City Council meeting. “People will be taking to our lakes and our river. They’ll be swimming in pools and we ask everyone to take boating and water safety very seriously.”

Williamson reminded everyone to be on the lookout for private watercraft operators, noting many are rental customers who are inexperienced and prone to accidents.

“We also ask that you boat responsibly,” Williamson continued. “Don’t drink and operate watercraft. Wear safety vests while you’re on the river, flotation devices that fit. It’s not one size fits all.”

Williamson said it’s very important that everyone be extremely vigilant when children are using a swimming pool.

‘Tragedy can strike in a split second in a pool,” Williamson said. “We have plenty of stories of people who say, ‘I turned around for a minute and when I turned back around my child was drowning.’”

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Law enforcement agencies across Arizona have stepped up seatbelt and child safety seat use enforcement this month.

According to Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and injuries in the state, despite “widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seatbelts.”

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