Traffic Unit Receives DUI Enforcement Grant

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded the Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Unit with a $20,000 DUI enforcement grant.  This grant will fund additional officers to focus solely on traffic enforcement associated with the detection of impaired drivers during the 2014 holiday season.  The annual East Valley holiday DUI task force kicks-off on Friday, November 28, 2014 and will run through New Year’s Eve.

A high percentage of serious injury and fatal collisions involve impaired drivers.  While DUI enforcement is traditionally associated with alcohol-impaired drivers, many of today’s impaired drivers are operating vehicles under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs.  The tragic results of these collisions – aside from significant personal and insurance costs related to property damage – include injury and death.

Officers funded by this grant are specially trained in DUI detection methods, including the detection of drugs in the human body.

The Chandler Police Department will host the East Valley holiday DUI task force on two nights; December 6, 2014 and December 23, 2014.  The command post for both nights will be at the Chandler Christian Church located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd.  On the evening of December 6, 2014 a number of officers from the West Valley holiday DUI task force will be in Chandler to remember the life and work of Officer David Payne.