Memorial Day Weekend DUI Patrols: Phoenix, Peoria, Mesa, Tempe, and More

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Drunk driving is bad.

With that out of the way, here's where one police department will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint and other departments will be operating "saturation patrols" around the Valley, looking for impaired drivers this weekend:

  • Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26: Phoenix police will have saturation patrols in several areas around the city, from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

27th Avenue and Thunderbird:


16th Street and Highland:


Cave Creek and Deer Valley:


15th Street and Buckeye:


27th Avenue and Thomas:


  • Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26: On Monday, Mesa police will have an actual sobriety checkpoint from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Redmont Road and Power Drive, just south of Bush Highway. On Sunday, they'll have "saturation patrols" in that same area.


  • Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26: The East Valley DUI Task Force will be in Gilbert on Friday, and in Tempe on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Friday: Baseline & Gilbert


Saturday: McKellips & Miller


Sunday: University & Dorsey


Monday: Mill Avenue:

  • Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26: The West Valley DUI Task Force will be in Peoria from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. all weekend. Peoria police identified the patrols as being located "around the city."


  • Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26: Salt River police will have DUI patrols around the Walmart on the reservation's border with Scottsdale.


  • Friday, May 23, Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26: The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and a couple other agencies will be in Queen Creek on Friday, and around the Salt River on Sunday and Monday.

Friday: Ellsworth & Maya


Sunday and Monday: Salt River

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Billy Hayes
Billy Hayes

Me and the crew are going to go exercise our rights, about a half mile before the turn around cut off.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Ok I agree the holidays are a cash cow for the municipalities but I don't agree with N.T. giving a heads up to drunk drivers, and yes other media outlets including the A.Z. Republic warn people about the check points and patrols what they don't do is identify the locations. Drunk drivers know by now they are the hunted giving them a heads up could cause a catastrophe on another road.

Brenda Novelen Ankebrant
Brenda Novelen Ankebrant

Oh so that's why they don't keep them in jail !! So they can get caught again and again! $$$$$

Matt Barton
Matt Barton

Kyle is right. They usually post where the check points are located anywhere, just have to know where to look for the info.

Kenny Tibbs
Kenny Tibbs

Don't kid yourself, d.u.i.'s are an easy way for the cops and courts to make money. They want all the arrests and convictions they can get, primarily for saftey, but don't think for one second it's not a huge money grab

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

I think the point is to scare people into not driving drunk-- not arrest more people.

Brenda Novelen Ankebrant
Brenda Novelen Ankebrant

FYI.... I just read Gurnee, IL website. They are also doing one of these checkpoints. They have to post it to legally conduct it. And of course then there's the people that say it's violating their rights. Well what about mine, when you're drunk and you hit me and you don't have insurance.

Brenda Novelen Ankebrant
Brenda Novelen Ankebrant

Why do they have to announce it?!? Wouldn't it be more beneficial if it was a "surprise" to motorists? How many drivers will now avoid that area? Nobody has answered this…..maybe I should just go to the source!!!

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

drive safely or Matthew Hendley will write unfunny captions for your mugshots.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Isn't it comforting to know how N.T. takes such a thought out approach and warns the drunk drivers of particular D.U.I check points and patrols . I mean really,  giving a heads up to their readers about the potential of  being caught is commendable. It would not surprise me if the writer's at N.T. had the ability to for warn our enemies in Afghanistan of where our troops where patrolling they would feel obligated to expose it. You just cant make this stuff up

marcy
marcy

@john043012

The police actively publicize these checkpoints and encourage the media to report the locations in an attempt to discourage people from drinking and driving.


But don't worry, people who get drunk don't tend to remember details too well so they'll still catch plenty of morons who can't figure out that being impaired on the road is bad.  Maybe they'll even catch some drunks before they head up the wrong way on a freeway.


dary1
dary1

@john043012 : Ever heard this quote from Garrison Keillor, "My ancestors came to America seeking more oppression than they were afforded in Europe." Kind of reminds me of your mindset John. Careful. Freedom is a precious and fragile commodity. DUI checks are a loophole against former search and seizure protections, and personal privacy laws. A cop pulls you over, and he owns you. Has carte blanche to do anything he or she wants. Make you dance on the sidewalk. Rummage through your vehicle. Feel you up. Separate and isolate you from your friends and love ones. Stick needles in you and suck out your bodily fluids. Hold you as long as they want. An effective tactic when fighting terrorists, maybe, but severe oppression when randomly cracking down on average citizens lawfully going about their business. 

marcy
marcy

The rights violation is the stopping of non-impaired drivers without reasonable suspicion that they've committed a crime.


I happen to agree that DUI checkpoints are a travesty, even though I'm quite happy to see drunks taken off the roads and tossed into jail.


The US Supreme Court said there is an unwritten exception to the US Constitutions prohibition on unreasonable seizures (detaining you) for DUI check points because the checkpoints don't impose undue delay on motorists and the danger from drunks is so high.  I think they are wrong on both counts.


I also think they are wrong to allow immigration checkpoints anywhere within 100 miles of the US border but they somehow found that 100 mile exemption written in invisible ink in the US Constitution as well.



dary1
dary1

We're not an oppressive communist state yet. Randomly sweeping citizens into a giant net on the chance that some might be breaking the law is no way to do police work in a free country. And many people like to avoid those areas to avoid the traffic snarls and the copious amounts of traffic tickets the police write. That would include you Brenda. The traffic codes are five inches thick. A cop gets on your tail for a few blocks and he'll find some $450 violation to give you. 

dary1
dary1

@john043012What you fail to consider is that the police write about 10,000 traffic tickets to sober drivers during these patrols to justify the stops and finance the operation. New Times is doing a great public service warning people of such an unexpected activity - even if they don't mention it. (Around 25,000 tickets during the Christmas month-long Task Force) And the traffic snarl at the checkpoints are extremely annoying and are best avoided under any circumstance. Plus, the police have never been shy about giving out the locations. Acts as a deterrent. 

Robert_Grahamcracker
Robert_Grahamcracker

@john043012 

Robert, you complain every time they post a story on DUI patrols, but since you have an attractions to dui cops (you had a website with the URL duicops.com) I'd bet you'd use this to get close to them -- if you weren't in Fresno. So how is you Arizonanewtimes site doing?


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I don't know how accurate your explanation is, (not doubting you....just never looked at it that way) but it is the best argument I have heard in defense of them posting the info. (And you are right about the police being free with the same info)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@Robert_Grahamcracker Reading your comment it appears you got an early start on your holiday celebration I hope there is someone in your trailer who has the courage to hide your keys.

dary1
dary1

@danzigsdaddy : They announce the ticket totals along with the DUI arrests after every seasonal task force. It's not a secret. Some people like John and Brenda above no doubt support that as well. To quote Princess Amidala: "So this is how freedom dies. With thunderous applause." 

Robert_Grahamcracker
Robert_Grahamcracker

@john043012

What happened to JoeArpaioFan?  Finally too embarrassed to own up to that cop affliction any longer?  Tired of being called on your extreme sycophant behavior? But I still see you're publishing all you cop-lovin drivel on Arizonanewtimes.com

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