Halloween DUI enforcement underway in the Valley

Posted at 7:27 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 10:46:27-04

If you’re hitting the road over the next few days, be prepared to see officers out in full force.

Hundreds of officers from police agencies will be out all over the state looking for those drunk drivers of the Halloween holiday.

Over the last two days, officers have made 2,000 DUI traffic stops, 127 DUI arrests. 

Last year, officers made 6,000 traffic stops and 282 arrests over the four-day operation.

Police say there are several reasons for the uptick in stops and arrests already this year.

“We have more officers on the road doing more stops; I think officers are better trained now. Every year they get better trained in looking for those impaired drivers," says Sgt. K.C. Moore with Scottsdale Police.

"But it also tells me that people aren't getting the hint that we're gonna be out there looking for impaired drivers so that they don't make that bad decision and end up in a collision or hurting themselves or somebody else," Moore said.

The Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler Police Departments along with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office are working together to get drunk drivers off the road.