Tempe Police Planning "Heavy Enforcement" of Drinking Laws After ASU Student's Death

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Laura Bittner


Heads up to those spending any part of their weekend in Tempe: Police are planning "heavy enforcement" of alcohol-related laws.

Police say this is a response to the death of 18-year-old Arizona State University student Naomi McClendon, who died last weekend after falling 10 stories from the balcony of an apartment complex near ASU's Tempe campus. According to police, McClendon had been at a party hosted by members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity earlier that night, although that fraternity that has not been recognized by ASU for some time now.

A Tempe PD spokesman says in a statement that McClendon's death is "a stark reminder of the dangers of underage alcohol consumption."

The fraternity, while still sanctioned at ASU, had gotten in trouble with the university several times for alcohol-related violations.

Police say the enforcement of underage drinking and DUI laws will be from University Drive to Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and McClintock Drive.



"Other local police agencies have committed police resources targeting youth alcohol and DUI enforcement," according to a police statement. "Officers will be monitoring known youth party locations as well as proactively targeting areas where underage alcohol consumption is high."

At the beginning of the fall 2013 semester at ASU, Tempe police had an alcohol task force out for three weekends doing similar enforcement, resulting in 1,367 arrests.

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mrabb
mrabb

So are Tempe PD and ASU PD ever going to tell the public how this girl took acid from a stranger and that's the real reason she was trying to balance herself on the balcony railing? And not AEPi's fault? ASU students have heard the real story from her friends who were with her that night, the police departments are looking to sweep this under the rug by blaming a fraternity like they always do when they lose control of a situation.

Cathie Mancini
Cathie Mancini

Why do the of age citizens of downtown Tempe have to feel uneasy about driving sober in their own city? Three times I've been pulled over sober and harassed now.

Augustine Flores
Augustine Flores

Its so funny how they only make it worse then addressing the real issue that she mad the wrong choice why not set up some alternative things to do in Tempe !

Tyler Kenton Brockett
Tyler Kenton Brockett

Amber Platt I agree, but I also think if she was sober she wouldn't have been sitting on the balcony like that. They also said they caught it on video, and it appears she tried to catch herself. If she was sober, her reaction time would have been better and maybe she could have saved herself.

Rita Hankerson
Rita Hankerson

Remove the balconies and people will fall out of windows. Raise balcony heights to where people can't climb on them and people will not be able to jump in case of a fire. I'm deeply saddened about that lovely girl's death, and feel so sad for her family. There's no easy fix, but very strict enforcement of drinking laws might be a start, and severe punishment for fraternities or anyone who allow minors to drink, or allow anyone to get over intoxicated.

logicman
logicman

easy revenue target for the piggies

Brad Clemens
Brad Clemens

Horribly sad and 922 place changed name from the view because this has happened before I believe. Also happened at the domain on apache.

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

Also, I must be missing the "no alcohol involved" part of that posted story.

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

Jesse, I never made a blanket statement that all accidents from balconies are related to alcohol consumption. In fact, that was never my point. But even one accident as horrendous as this with alcohol involved and an underage person deserves to be dissected so it never happens again.

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

Please don't make this about the girl who fell to her death being "stupid". Accidents happen and her and her family have now paid the ultimate price: death. What this should do is open up dialogue about a number of things: fraternity influence, underage drinking, building codes... It should absolutely result in a surge of police presence on campus. This is not an arbitrary request to not drink until you are 21. It's the law. Whether you agree/disagree, obey/disobey, that is your choice. But, laws, when broken, have consequences. So, before you get all "down with the man" just remember that you are not the first underage drinkers who have had drinks. You won't be the last. The system exists for a reason and most of it is to protect you from yourselves.

Rocky Gonzalez
Rocky Gonzalez

It's a reminder of stupidity, not underage drinking

Amber Platt
Amber Platt

Nathan- and I'm sure only drunk underage students are the ones that fall off balconies. Please. Don't be so ignorant.

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

You are making my point for me.

Amber Platt
Amber Platt

Plenty of of-age people binge drink as well, but they don't live in those student complexes with low railings

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

I do find it shocking how low the balcony railings are on a 10 story building.

Josh Smusz
Josh Smusz

Comment not dumb at all, millions of people not falling from balconies everyday has nothing to do with the demographics of people that DO fall from balconies everyday. Maybe you two should consider some critical thinking *prior* to calling someone dumb?

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Man if I had a nickel for every time I saw a teenager just fall right over a balcony to their death, I wouldn't have a fucking nickel at all.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Yet again, the frats fuck up and everyone else pays the price. Is ASU just to scared of these rich kids' lawyer daddies or what? Tempe has a frat problem, not a party problem. Except when the frats are partying, because fratboys are shitty partiers.

Leah Cook
Leah Cook

This has everything to do with underage drinking. Underage drinkers are more likely to binge drink and get black out drunk. And Amber, please site the other falls from balconies in Tempe along with age of victim and if alcohol was a factor.

Deo Regulus
Deo Regulus

Why are we utilising best efforts to thwart Darwinism?

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Nathan, that is absolutely incorrect. MILLIONS of people are somehow able to not fall off balconies every day.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Dumb comment of the day. Thousands of people are somehow able to not fall off balconies every day.

Amber Platt
Amber Platt

A Tempe PD spokesman says in a statement that McClendon's death is "a stark reminder of the dangers of underage alcohol consumption.".... because someone of legal drinking age could never suffer the same unfortunate fate. Riiiight. This has nothing to do with underage drinking. Given the number of people who have fallen to their deaths from balconies in Tempe , perhaps we should be looking at building codes on and near campus instead of pointing the finger at alcohol.

soulalibi
soulalibi

I don't recall a last time a person fell off the balcony of that complex. The girl was at fault. Since she herself went forth and put her legs over the railing and trying to impress herself (no one else was on the balcony at the time of her fall) with whatever tricks she was doing. I hate to say it, but that was a dumb thing to do alone.

mrabb
mrabb

What ASU students have heard from friends who were with her that night, but police aren't telling people, is that she took acid from a stranger that night and that's why she was trying to balance herself on the railing

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