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Results: Tempe PD Task Force Combats DUI/Underage Drinking
Posted Date: 5/7/2013
Tempe Police Department

As the season for prom nights, high school and ASU graduation commences, our goal remains to keep students and everyone in our community safe from DUI injury and fatal collisions.

Tempe PD May 3-5 DUI Task Force results
Courtesy of the Tempe PD Traffic Bureau
Extreme DUI Arrests – (9)
Aggravated DUI Arrests – (2)
Misdemeanor DUI Arrests – (20)
DUI Under 21 – (2)
DUI Arrests w/ Priors – (1)

The Tempe Police Department, working in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be out in force on the nights of May 3, 4 and 5 to curb underage alcohol violations and impaired driving during the Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations.

On the evenings of May 3rd and 4th, the task force command post will be stationed at the southwest end of the ASU parking lot at Mill and University. On May 5th, the task force command post will be stationed at the Galleria parking lot located at 7300 E. Shoeman Galleria, just east of Scottsdale Rd. Officers will be very visible across Tempe and the downtown district, in addition to assuring that the entire city is safely patrolled.

Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff stated, “Year after year, we have demonstrated our commitment to making the streets of Tempe safer by removing the impaired from our roadways and curbing underage drinking in our community. The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is the strongest of partners, and Tempe PD is truly grateful for the grant funding that helps us increase these efforts.” Patrol Units and Motor Officers will be visible in neighborhoods and on City streets to curb driving under the influence. Youth alcohol prevention and enforcement will be a priority.

Sgt. Tim Bulson of Tempe’s Traffic Bureau is responsible for the DUI Squad and has this message for those who plan to celebrate: “The East Valley DUI Task Force will be out in force this weekend, as we do on many major holidays. Our focus is to remove impaired drivers from our roadways. We encourage people to be responsible and safe. If you are going to drink, don’t drive. Have a plan, identify a designated driver, take a cab, or use mass transportation such as light rail.”

Tempe PD 2010-2012 Citywide DUI Arrests
2010 - 1792
2011 - 2100
2012 - 1922

"Get a DD (Designated Driver)… Not a DUI!"