The DUI Squad seeks to encourage drivers not to drive impaired as a result of alcohol or drugs. The eight officers and sergeant assigned to this activity respond to public speaking requests on the topic of DUI from various community groups, professional organizations and schools within our community. These officers are highly trained and are especially knowledgeable of the behaviors and characteristics of impaired drivers.
Unfortunately, not everyone is responsive to the educational appeal. When drivers are found to be "impaired to the slightest degree," they are arrested for DUI, even if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than the State of Arizona's presumed level of .08 BAC. If drugs are used or suspected, the driver will also be charged. After an arrest, the investigating officer may require the driver to take tests in order to determine the level of alcohol or presence of drugs in the driver's body. These tests may include a breath test, blood test, or urine test. The officer can require one or all of the tests to be successfully completed or the driver shall have his driving privileges administratively suspended for one year, regardless of the disposition of the criminal DUI charge. The officer may also seek a search warrant to forcefully obtain body fluids which would support the charge of a DUI.
In addition to their technical training, their vehicles are specially equipped with breath testing instruments capable of measuring the blood alcohol content. The mobility of these instruments allows the officer to conduct a roadside test instead of having to transport the driver to a police facility for testing. Some of their vehicles are unmarked and some are equipped with onboard video systems that enables the officers to record the investigation.
The Tucson Police Department is also the hosting agency for the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force which is funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.