Mesa Police Begin the 25th East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force

December 3, 2010

On Friday, December 3, 2010, the Mesa Police Department will begin working the 2010 East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force. The goal of the East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force is to educate the public about the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Our goal is to prevent deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving through continued zero tolerance enforcement during the holiday season. The goal is reached by combining resources from multiple jurisdictions and focusing enforcement activities in specific jurisdictional areas.

Arizona law states that you cannot drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs when your ability to drive is impaired to the slightest degree. The statutory per se law states that an individual is presumed to be impaired if their BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is .08 or above. The extreme DUI law prohibits you from operating a vehicle if your BAC is .15 or above.  A person under the age of 21 is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with any alcohol in the body.

Police officers from various agencies will join forces and conduct saturation patrols from a different East Valley location each night. Officers will conduct traffic stops for violations they observe. Drivers found to be impaired by alcohol or drugs will be arrested and transported to the command post for processing. Additionally, officers will be enforcing a "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy towards underage drinkers. In addition to uniformed Task Force patrol, plain clothes detectives from the Mesa Police Department and the Arizona State Liquor Board will be working together conducting alcohol enforcement as well. Their efforts will include checks of bars and retail outlets with an emphasis on youth alcohol enforcement and the sale of liquor to minors or underage drinkers.

Taking a cab home will save the cost of being arrested for DUI and prevent you from being involved in a collision that could cost you, or someone else, their life. You can also designate a sober driver.

The message is clear.  If you drive impaired, we will find and arrest you.



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