ASU police handle almost 300 DUI cases in 3 years
Over the past three years, the Arizona State University Police Department has dealt with 295 total DUI interactions, according to Adam Wolfe, ASU police information officer.
ASU PD has dealt with a range of DUI arrests. According to Wolfe, 35 of the 295 incidents were underage contacts and 193 were DUI’s of .08 or higher. To dive deeper into the numbers 115 were above .15 but below .20, and 41 of the DUI’s were above .20 of alcohol consumption.
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ASU is a dry campus, however, the University cannot completely prevent drunk driving incidents from occurring near the campus.
“ASU Police does not have primary jurisdiction in the streets where DUI’s tend to occur,” University spokesperson said. “Our officers will occasionally make DUI arrests near campus when they spot someone who may be under the influence, but the local city police departments lead this effort.”
The University has a page on the ASU website dedicated towards drunk driving. The page describes its uses for problem-oriented policing. It is a guide to discuss the problem of drunk driving, factors that increase the risk and questions to help analyze local drunk driving problems.
“As far as the process that occurs when a DUI is encountered, it can depend on the circumstances surrounding the stop,”Wolfe said. “Any time a DUI is encountered, an arrest is made and the vehicle is impounded. DUI laws in AZ are strict in comparison to other parts of the country, and often involve some form of jail time.”
Arizona law states for first offense drivers charged with a DUI, for at least 10 consecutive days you will be in jail and fined not less than $1,250. Additionally, you will be required to alcohol screening, education, treatments and equip vehicles you operate with a certified ignition interlock device and community service.
Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have made efforts to spread awareness and prevent people from risking their own lives and others on the road.
“Drinking and driving is a choice. It’s not an accident. It’s not a mistake and everyone has the responsibility of making those choices for themselves” Alex Otte, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said.
Otte said two out of three people on average will be affected by drunk driving in their lifetime. On average, more than 10,000 people are killed every single year as a result of drunk driving with an additional 300,000 injured.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving have chapters nationwide run by local staff and volunteers to focus on each state impacted by drunk driving. Events such as Walk Like MADD are hosted to fundraise for the organization and honor victims and survivors.
Additionally, the organization recognizes law enforcement who have arrested a certain number of DUI offenders. Mothers Against Drunk Driving also works on public policy in the states and federal government.
“It doesn’t only impact the people who commit the crime and it doesn’t only impact the people who are killed and injured as a result, it impacts entire families and entire communities.” Otte said. “We have to continue to be cognizant as entire communities and have to continue to fight. It’s not going to end until everyone has a seat at the table and everyone gets involved.”