Tempe police launch 'Safe and Sober' campaign to keep community safe

TEMPE - Tempe Police, with assistance from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and 17 Valley police agencies, launched the “Safe and Sober” Campaign Thursday, August 21.

Lieutenant Michael Pooley said a total of 392 arrests took place within the first three days of the campaign, including 146 DUI's and 112 arrests for minors in consumption of alcohol.

Pooley says officers are primarily working to combat underage alcohol consumption and other alcohol-related crimes. To accomplish this mission, they are carrying out increased patrols, DUI enforcement, and liquor law inspections for licensed premises.

A GOHS grant is funding the large-scale operation, making it possible for officers to come together and keep children and community members safe.

The campaign will continue through September 6. 

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