DPS Participates in Phoenix DUI Roundup

Posted on Apr 07, 2011
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), among four other agencies, is cracking down on Arizona DUI offenders who have failed to pay fines or show up to court. The latest multi-agency roundup, which took place on Thursday, March 17, 2011, was expected to nab nearly 50 DUI offenders.

The latest "DUI Warrant Round-Up" campaign included officials from the DPS, Phoenix Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Surprise Police Department, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. The effort targeted approximately 80 people who have allegedly failed to show up to court or pay their fines associated with a DUI offense.

DUI offenders who were rounded-up in the sweep were either taken to court to establish a repayment plan or taken straight to jail. DPS also stationed officials at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum where people could voluntarily turn themselves in. It was unclear as to how many DUI offenders took advantage of the voluntary program.

Though on the same day, the DUI warrant roundup was a separate effort from the annual St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement.

"We want to remind people that it's OK to have a good time, but if you drink, take a designated driver. Don't drive," said DPS Officer Bob Bailey.

Since its inception last year, the DUI warrant squad has reportedly made more than 900 arrests.

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