Cops Welcome ASU Students to Tempe With Breathalyzers

They're back.

It's that special time of year in Tempe again: when traffic near University and Mill Avenues becomes unbearable, lines -- everywhere -- get longer, and the stench of stale Milwaukee's Best and overindulgent students fills the streets.

Arizona State University students are coming back to town and the Tempe Police Department, in collaboration with the Scottsdale Police Department, are welcoming them back with free breathalyzer tests for anyone cops think might be driving trashed.

The departments are conducting a joint DUI enforcement campaign to celebrate Tempe's new arrivals and, after one weekend, it's been fairly successful.

Over the weekend, officers made 405 stops, netting a total of 67 DUIs -- only one of which was a felony, though.

The average BAC of the cited impaired drivers was .145.

Tempe police Sergeant Steve Carbajal tells New Times that while the departments aren't specifically targeting students, they're targeting areas where students would likely be driving.

Sort of a "hi, welcome to Tempe. If you drive drunk you're fucked" type thing.

One statistic from this weekend's busts even has Carbajal surprised -- not a single person cited for DUI was under the age of 21.

This suggests that many of those busted driving drunk this weekend weren't ASU freshman, which, frankly, we assumed they were

If ASU President Michael Crow hasn't added that stat to his list of achievements made by "The New American University," yet, it's probably only a matter of time.

The departments' DUI operation will be up and running again this weekend. So, if you feel like driving drunk this weekend -- which we don't recommend and is a stupid thing to do -- here's a bit of advice: don't do it in Tempe.

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James King
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