Mesa Police Conduct Independence Day DUI Task Force Operations

July 4, 2011

The Mesa Police Department Traffic Section will be conducting saturation patrols throughout the City this weekend. Task Force Operations will begin on 07/01 and go through 07/04.

Officers from the Mesa Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols in search of drug and alcohol impaired drivers. There will be approximately 10 Mesa Police Officers involved each night, including Drug Recognition Experts. Chandler PD, Gilbert PD, Scottsdale PD, Tempe PD, and MCSO will all be participating in these events. Monday's event will target impaired drivers returning to the east valley from the lake and river recreation areas.

Like many holidays, Independence Day celebrations and social events often involve alcohol. Unfortunately, across the country each year, a number of people are killed or seriously injured in alcohol and drug related collisions during the festivities. These crimes are 100 percent preventable. The purpose of this task force is to save lives, reduce injuries, and prevent property damage needlessly caused by impaired drivers.

Please join The Mesa PD Traffic Section in our mission by being vigilant in the pursuit of DUI offenders, and by reminding the public that it is a crime to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Task force officers are operating valley wide to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. Those wishing to celebrate over the weekend should consider transportation needs and designate a driver before drinking. A DUI will cost far more than a cab ride home! Do not drink or use drugs and drive and do not ride with anyone who has!

Funding for the East Valley DUI Task Force is provided through grant funding by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety under the leadership of Director Alberto Gutier. "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed."  



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