Over the July 4th weekend, the Salt River Police Department Traffic Enforcement Bureau (TEB) conducted the East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The goals were to enforce tribal and state traffic laws, specifically focused 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 July 4th task force, SRPD officers conducted 89 traffic stops within the Community that resulted in the following:
• 16 DUI arrests: 15 from task force officers, including three extreme DUI (above .15 percent blood alcohol concentration) arrests, two super-extreme DUI (above .20) arrests, and one aggravated DUI felony arrest
There were 58 written warnings issued and 109 citations issued, including:
• 1 child endangerment/DUI arrest, with two children (2 and 3 years old) turned over to Child Protective Services
• 34 speeding violations
• 6 violations for driving on a suspended license
• 5 seat belt violations
• 15 stop sign/red light violations
• 1 warrant arrest (misdemeanor stateside)
This dramatic increase in DUI detection and investigation can be directly contributed to the increased vehicular traffic within the Community, increased assigned police staff, DUI detection training, a drug recognition expert on staff and use of phlebotomy services.
SRPD officers who worked these special operations included Off. Stanley Trott, Off. Louis Lombari, Off. Christopher Morin, Off. Forest Wood, Off. Travis Mathews and myself. These operations owe their success not only to the officers out in the Community, but also to excellent communication and coordination with the Field Operations Division, Public Safety Communications Division dispatchers and our Records Bureau team members. A very special thank-you goes out to everyone involved.
A total of 23 hours of overtime for these special operations was paid for through a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety—saving our Community thousands of dollars while serving and protecting Community members!
Remember: Don’t drink and drive, buckle up yourself and children, obey all traffic laws and drive safely.