Members of the Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Section will participate in the annual East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force, which begins on Friday, November 23, 2018 and runs through New Year’s Eve. Each night of the Task Force, law enforcement agencies from the entire East Valley partner and patrol a designated geographical area with the mission to remove impaired drivers from the roadway. Funding is provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Throughout the 21 night event, a command post is established by the host jurisdiction for processing. The Chandler Police Department will host the East Valley DUI Task Force on two separate evenings; December 6, 2018 and December 28, 2018. On December 6th the command post will be at 125 E. Commonwealth Place. For the December 28th event, the command post will be set-up at 250 E. Chicago Street.
Participating officers are specially trained in DUI detection methods, including the detection of drugs in the human body.
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 the significant personal and insurance costs related to property damage – include injury and death.
Please remember to always wear your seatbelt and call for a ride when alcohol consumption is part of your holiday celebration. Please, get home safe.