SRPD Reports

Upcoming “East Valley Holiday” and “Don’t Shatter the Dream” DUI Task Force

By SGT. Maurice A Hurd
Salt River Police Department

Salt River Police Department will be out in force to make sure drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs are off the road during the “East Valley Holiday” DUI Task Force and Bureau of Indian Affairs “Don’t Shatter the Dream” National Impaired Driving Enforcement this November 22, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Statewide DUI Task Forces will be out across the state conducting sobriety checkpoints, and saturation patrols, throughout the Holiday Season.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2011 statistics, alcohol-impaired crashes claimed a life every 53 minutes. “Don't forget impairment starts with the first drink and driving impaired is a crime," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police in Arizona reported 7,756 crashes involving a driver or pedestrian with a BAC of .01 or more. SRPD reminds everyone that this holiday season “Don’t Shatter the Dream” and keep the Community Safe by please celebrating responsibly, designate a sober driver, take a taxicab, mass transit or you'll be taking a ride straight to jail.

The Holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends but it can quickly lead to life changing events if you choose to drink and drive. Salt River Police Department reminds you law enforcement is cracking down on impaired drivers this Holiday Season. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime that will cost you hundreds of dollars, your car, and license and ruin your social life. The choice is yours. Designate a sober driver or one will be appointed for you. Remember: A Sober Driver is Key.

Salt River Police Dept. recommends the following tips:
• Plan how you will get home before you go out
• Designate a sober driver before drinking begins
• If you are impaired call a friend, a taxi or use public transportation
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call local law enforcement
All drivers risk impairment when consuming alcohol or drugs--whether legal, over-the-counter and prescription medications or illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine or other illicit drugs. Make the right choice--don't drink and drive.

"Education is important, but we're to the point where almost everyone knows they shouldn't drink and drive. The people who are still doing it are choosing to do it. The most effective way to deal with them is to arrest them.'' David Kelly, MADD

The message is simple: Drive Hammered…Get Nailed!

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