Impaired driver enforcement to take effect during Cinco De Mayo weekend

Updated: May. 3, 2019 at 9:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Police Department Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit will have increased DUI enforcement efforts this first weekend of May as part of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force.

From May 3 to May 5, officers with the TPD will conduct high visibility DUI deployments throughout the community as part of the Cinco De Mayo weekend.

Chances are, if someone thinks they are okay to drive, they are probably not. According to the TPD, it's a mistake that 26 people made on Cinco de Mayo last year.

“They say ‘do I think I’m okay, I think I’m okay,’ but we know alcohol and some medications affect your better judgement,” said Officer William Bonanno with TPD.

Add in a cellphone or other forms of distracted driving--and it can become a deadly combination.

“If we already have impairment there, it’s just multiples worse,” said Bonanno.

Along with other participating law enforcement agencies around southern AZ, the TPD will deploy additional officers and resources in DUI saturation patrols. The goal of the saturation patrols is to increase the awareness of motorists regarding the dangers of impaired driving, deter those who may be impaired from driving and investigate DUI offenses to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. These saturation patrols are an important component in the Tucson Police Department’s continued effort to combat impaired driving and reduce injuries and deaths.

The most important message these officers want to get across...remember that it’s not only your life in danger, but everyone else around you on the road.

“It’s not worth it. An Uber ride costs $10. It’s way better that an Uber takes you home than you run into me,” said Officer Matt Powell with TPD.

This DUI deployment is part of 15 total designated weekend DUI deployments the TPD will participate in as part of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force in 2019. Funding for these deployments was made available through a grant awarded from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the purpose of conducting DUI saturation patrols and DUI Task Force operations.

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