Tempe police officers and Maricopa County Sheriff deputies are teaming up for a major law enforcement crackdown near Arizona State University beginning this week.
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In a press release, Tempe police chief Tom Ryff says police will be "aggressively targeting underage drinking, unlawful gatherings, loud party complaints and impaired driving to impact preventable injuries, fatalities and other violent crimes."
The campaign, which began Thursday,comes after a rash of incidents involving ASU students.
"Every year there is always a rise of problems and what we want to do is try to combat that. We want to set a tone and send a message that come have a good time, be responsible, but don't do anything you are going to regret," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.
Since the start of the fall semester Tempe police have conducted a Safe and Sober Campaign. In three weekends police issued 3,788 citations, made 1,637 arrests, pulled over 309 people for DUIs and responded to 129 loud party complaints.
Both Maricopa and Tempe officials say that while the crackdown starts tonight at 8 p.m., it won't be ending anytime soon.
"I plan to continue these efforts into the foreseeable future or until we get a handle on the alcohol-related violence. We know that lives can be irrevocably impacted by impaired decision making," said Ryff.