Mesa Police Conduct Memorial Day Sobriety Checkpoint

May 27, 2011

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, the Mesa Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in conjunction with DUI Saturation Patrols in an effort to curb impaired driving over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. The Sobriety Checkpoint will take place on Power Road, one half mile north of Thomas. The operation will begin at 1:00 P.M. and end at approximately 6:00 P.M. This location was selected due to a high number of impaired drivers who use this route to return to the City of Mesa from the lake and river recreation sites.

As part of an effort by law enforcement agencies statewide, the Mesa Police Department will enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Persons found to be consuming alcohol under the age of 21 will also be cited. Driving impaired is a serious offense that kills nearly 17,000 people nationwide each year. Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols increase the perceived risk of arrest and thereby influence drivers to make the right choice, while reminding the general public that impaired driving is a crime.

This event is a multi-agency, multi-organizational effort sponsored by the East Valley DUI Task Force, and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Law Enforcement Agencies that will be present include Mesa Police, Chandler Police, Gilbert Police, Phoenix Police, ASU Police, the Department of Public Safety, The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and the Mesa City Prosecutor's Office. Our efforts will be supported by members on-scene from MADD, SADD, and the Archangels Foundation.



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