Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the nation, and it has an appropriate nightlife to accompany it. The most commonly known bar district, Mill Avenue, is well known for its slew of bars and clubs along each side. Another common sight on Mill Avenue is the unusual forms of DUI enforcement that can be seen. Since it is commonly backed up from traffic, the police have free reign to pull people over and arrest them for DUI/DWI. This article will describe the kinds of enforcement trends found around Arizona State University, specifically the Mill Avenue bar scene.
The first unusual sight Mill Avenue party-goers may see is the horse police. Tempe Police Department has a team of officers who ride horses up and down the streets. While horse police are effective at chasing down suspects who run against traffic, they primarily ride up and down the street to look into cars for DUI/DWI violations. The horse’s height allows officers to see directly into vehicles and signal to foot or bicycle officers to make contact with the driver.
Bicycle cops are the second unusual form of enforcement on Mill Avenue. Since there is a high incident rate of underage drinking, police sometimes come into contact with people who will attempt to flee custody. Bicycle police can quickly catch such “runners,” without the foot police needing to leave the scene of a crime. It is additionally a quicker way to respond to incidents in progress, and is easier on the officers than walking up and down Mill Avenue night after night.
DUI enforcement near Arizona State University is strict. If you are caught, do not expect any leniency. Officers issue citations on the spot, impound the vehicle, and ship the driver off to a night in jail. The most common way which people are caught is with open containers. Some visitors to Mill Avenue will have beers or other drinks in their car, which are immediately spotted by police. If you do decide to have a drink and drive down Mill Avenue, please, leave the beer behind!
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or DWI, contact a DUI attorney immediately. A DUI lawyer will defend your rights in court and can negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf. Many times they can arrange a reduced sentence than you would ordinarily have to serve. If you have not been charged with a DUI, consider contacting an attorney so if you do find yourself in trouble, you have someone to contact immediately.