DUI Arrests Decline Throughout the East Valley
On Average, the number of DUI-related arrests in the East Valley has steadily declined over the last few years. For example, in Mesa, DUI arrests declined by 10.4 percent from 2008 to 2009. According to Mesa Police Sergeant Wessing, the decline was likely a result of the Department’s increasing patrol officers and the Department’s purchase of a new fleet of motorcycles.
In Chandler, DUI arrests decreased by 10.5 percent in 2010. Specifically, in Chandler, Officers arrested 1460 people on DUI charges in 2008. However, Chandler Police arrested 1363 people for DUI in 2009, and 1206 people for DUI in 2010. Chandler Police Spokesman Detective Dave Ramer attributed the decrease to stricter DUI laws. Detective Ramer said “That has created a greater awareness, which is a good thing. That’s what we want. Whenever you drive intoxicated, you’re not only taking your life into your hands, but others on the road as well.”
In Tempe, similar to Chandler, DUI arrests decreased by 10.5 percent in 2010. Specifically, Tempe Police reported 1998 DUI arrests in 2008, 1918 DUI arrests in 2009, and 1698 DUI arrests in 2010. Sergeant Steve Carbajal of the Tempe Police Department would not give a specific reason as to the decline but said Tempe is constantly looking for impaired motorists.
In Gilbert, DUI arrests increased by nine (9) percent between 2008 and 2010. Specifically, the Gilbert Police Department reported 1977 DUI arrests in 2008, 2221 DUI arrests in 2009, and 2155 DUI arrests in 2010. Gilbert Police Spokesman Sergeant Bill Balafas said the increase was due to the fact that the department lost two (2) of its five (5) DUI Squad Officers. Sergeant Balafas said the Department has since filled those positions.
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