On May 27, the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) unveiled its new DUI Processing Van for the Memorial Day Weekend DUI Task Force. The brand-new, state-of-the-art, $180,000 van was awarded to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the SRPD by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, based partly on the fact that SRPD is one of the state’s top enforcement agencies in apprehending impaired drivers. The SRPD DUI Processing Van is one of six vans awarded to state agencies; the others went to the Phoenix Police Department, Tucson Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The DUI Processing Van is outfitted as a mobile office equipped with two blood-draw chairs, an Intoxilyzer, two workstations, a printer/copier/scanner, cell phones, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation room, a restroom and a galley.
The primary function of the DUI van is to more quickly return officers to enforcement activities after a DUI arrest by reducing processing time, which includes transporting the arrested driver to a police station, completing the paperwork and determining the blood alcohol level of the arrested driver. On average, it takes an arresting officer approximately two hours to process an arrested DUI driver. With the DUI Processing Van, that time can be reduced to one hour by centralizing the process at a nearby location to the enforcement area and providing a mobile workstation with all the necessary equipment, paperwork and any other assistance to the arresting officer. Returning SRPD officers back on duty to patrol our Community’s roadways is essential to ensuring the safety and protection of our Community. Over the Memorial Day Weekend, the new SRPD DUI Processing Van was very busy, as SRPD officers arrested and processed 15 impaired drivers.
The DUI van also will be used to conduct educational and enforcement efforts throughout the Community during holiday DUI task forces, special events and sustained DUI enforcement efforts, and will serve as a strong visual deterrent to warn drivers about the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.
Drive Hammered … Get Nailed! Get a DD (Designated Driver) … Not a DUI!