Tempe police and MCSO to begin major crackdown on ASU parties

TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police officers and Maricopa County Sheriff deputies will be teaming up for a major law enforcement crackdown near Arizona State University beginning on Thursday.

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 comes after a rash of incidents involving ASU students.

Earlier this month Tempe police arrested 3 people they say badly beat a 19-year-old and left him lying bloody in an elevator.

"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.

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