On New Year's Eve, officers of the Tonto Apache Tribal Police Department conducted alcohol tests for patrons of Mazatzal Casino.
Around 40 people voluntarily took the courtesy Alco-sensor and HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) Tests from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
The overall responses from those taking, or those observing, these tests were very positive and grateful. Patrons and casino employees mentioned that this type of education and awareness, like Mayor Murphy has mentioned on many occasions, contributes greatly in deterring individuals driving under the influence of alcohol.
There was no publicity or advance warning regarding these alcohol tests at Mazatzal Casino.
"This service was strictly a courtesy and to inform," Police Chief Joe Tunno said. "No arrests were made that night. If a patron failed the alcohol tests, the casino shuttle vans were there to drive the patron home."
The Tonto Apache Tribal Police plans to have these same voluntary tests available in Mazatzal Casino during its St. Patrick's Dance, March 17. The dance is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; the alcohol testing equipment will be set up from 6 p.m. to midnight.
On New Year's Eve, the alcohol tests were conducted by (and many questions answered by) Officers Brian Pendleton and James Jensen with Corporal Jay Henderson assisting in the equipment set up.
Marc Kaplan, Mazatzal Casino