East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force Update
During the 2009 holiday season, beginning November 27 and ending December 31, the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) Traffic Enforcement Bureau (TEB), Field Operations Division (FOD) and Public Safety Communications Division (PSCD) dispatchers conducted the East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force. The task force operated within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The goals were to enforce tribal and state traffic laws, specifically focusing on impaired drivers, and to educate drivers to increase roadway safety within the Community and to reduce collisions—especially serious injury and fatal collisions.
During the Holiday DUI Task Force, SRPD officers assigned to the event conducted 1,160 traffic stops within the Community. These resulted in:
• 1,160 Community Police Contacts (CPCs)
• 128 DUI arrests
• 952 written warnings
• 568 citations
• 10 warrant arrests
• 218 speeding violations
• 39 suspended license violations
• 140 stop sign/red light violations
• 573 hours of overtime, paid through an Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Grant obtained by SRPD that is funding this effort
This dramatic increase in DUI detection and investigation can be directly attributed to the increased vehicular traffic within the Community, an increase in assigned police officers, DUI detection training, and a drug-recognition expert on staff.
2010 Indian Highway Safety Calendar
The SRPD Traffic Enforcement Bureau was selected to be featured in the 2010 Indian Highway Safety Calendar. SRPD is honored to be represented on the calendar’s cover and the month of June.
The calendar, sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Highway Safety Program, is distributed to tribal law enforcement agencies across the country.
The calendar was created to promote traffic safety and showcase the various tribal agencies that have actively made a difference within their communities. The calendar’s safety message is “Indian Highway Safety reminds you not to drink and drive and to wear your seat belt.”
Remember: For your safety and the safety of others, don’t drink and drive, buckle up yourself and your children, obey all traffic laws, and drive safely.