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.