Over the Labor Day holiday (August 25 – September 9) 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 holiday task force, SRPD officers conducted 185 traffic stops within the Community that resulted in the following:
• 20 DUI arrests: 20 from task force officers, including 5 extreme DUI (above .15 percent blood alcohol concentration) arrests, 1 super-extreme DUI (above .20) arrests, and two DUI drug state arrests.
There were 126 written warnings issued and 148 citations issued, including:
• 126 Written warnings issued.
• 148 Citations issued.
• 8 Adult Safety Seat violations.
• 58 Speed violations.
• 6 DOSL violations.
• 19 Stop Sign / Red Light violations.
• 5 Warrant Arrests (5 misdemeanor stateside warrant arrests).
• Seizure of illegal drug (Marijuana, 2.9 grams) during a traffic stop.
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 and dispatchers who worked the DUI Task Force included: Records Bureau Team Members (M. Miles, S. Aguirre, K. Hawee and their entire team for On-Call TS Reports and imputing large volume of citations), PEB Team Members (Sgt. Gomez, Ms. Smith and Det. Pacheco. impounding all evidence collected and impounded), PSCD Dispatchers and SRPD Officers: Sgt. Sandoval, Off. Trott, Off. Lombari, Off. Morin, Off. Wood, Off. Mathews, Off. E. Moser and Off. Hoch.
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 106.5 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 $5,000 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.