The site of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tampa, Florida near Amalie Arena is in the heart of the Tampa Police Department’s intensive DUI enforcement zone. Here is a map of where visitors can expect to see tons of traffic enforcement officers.
“Tips to watch locations come from Phone Calls from Bar Managers, letters, pictures”
Tampa is well known for tactical use of special teams to conduct traffic stops near sporting events and bars. Here is a video of testimony from a former Tampa Police Department Sergeant who was well-versed in police tactics in Tampa Bay. He has been fired, but his buddies are still on duty.
Traffic cops will be focused on the Channelside area. Assume they watch parking lots, act on tips received by phone and other types of electronic messages. Tips to watch locations come from Phone Calls from Bar Managers, letters, pictures the former DUI specialist said during the final testimony as a Tampa law enforcement officer, “I get all kinds of stuff.”
Assume this is also the practice everywhere – Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties in Florida. One DUI attorney has said if “there was a basis for the traffic stop and probable cause for the arrest, how or why an officer got involved in a DUI stop is irrelevant.” Be advised.
According to Wikipedia, “The Stanley Cup (French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals.” According to our research, the Tampa Police Department will be trying to score some points in a variety of contests to encourage enforcement of Florid’a DUI laws.
Amalie Arena and Florida Drivers are Targets in Law Enforcement Contests – DUI Arrest Quotas, Contests, and Prizes
As we have reported, “The State of Florida encourages law enforcement again this year by holding an Olympic-like contest in Orlando. A photo in the report had a cop on foot running behind a traffic patrol motorcycle. This contest kept statistics and awarded performance based on statistical analysis of annual numbers of traffic enforcement actions. They call it the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge. Prizes were awarded for “inventive approaches” to traffic law enforcement. “
To Learn More About Tampa DUI Arrest Contests See:
Dine, Dance, and Detained: How to Avoid DUI Charges – Tips From a Tampa DUI Attorney
DUI attorneys in Tampa know there are certain locations generally and several bars, specifically that generate much of the DUI traffic stop action for law enforcement agencies. Police are tracking where drivers who have been arrested reported having their last drink. Unfortunately, for the bars on the lists published by the Tampa Tribune, these bar owners cannot control the police or the surveillance of their locations and their customers. Not surprisingly, in general, the neighborhoods close to the Tampa Police Department headquarters are hot spots for DUI arrests. Hyde Park and Ybor City are frequent entries on incident reports according to the media. Best advice – make sure to arrange a ride home.
“Aside from the decision to waive their Miranda rights, the only good that comes of honest answers to these questions will be finding out where drivers can go to increase the probability of an arrest ending the evening.”
Video of a driving under the influence traffic law enforcement officer from court proceedings at the Hillsborough County Courthouse told drivers what many already knew – cops watch bar parking lots. Now drivers and visitors know which geographic areas and which bars are most likely to have officers waiting to issue DUIs.
“The last-drink survey system does have some flaws, Morgan admitted.” Some of the people with DUI charges were drinking at a private residence or refuse to answer deputies’ questions.
The Town N’ Country area located just west of Tampa International Airport is one of the Tampa DUI hot spots. The roads near the airport are confusing and with so much construction. The signage is unfamiliar and is not always clear. The basis for some of these traffic stops is improper lane changes. Visitors are the frequent victim of DUI patrol officers in this section of Hillsborough County, Florida.
Another Tampa DUI hot spot, the Hyde Park neighborhood has several streets that are one-way only. Officers wait for moving violations like not coming to a complete stop, going the wrong way on a one way or weaving to investigate the potential DUI.
5 Bars in Hillsborough County
“Bars on the lists published by the Tampa Tribune, these bar owners cannot control the police or the surveillance of their locations and their customers.”
MacDinton’s 405 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
The Kennedy 2408 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33609
Peabody’s 15333 Amberly Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
G Bar/Fusion 1401 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
“Police officer candidly admits the obvious – cops sit in bar parking lots.”
The most frequently reported last drink taken occurs at some of the places listed below. Cops ask people they have arrested:
Where have they been?
How much they drank? and
Where were they going?
Aside from the decision to waive their Miranda rights, the only good that comes of honest answers to these questions will be finding out where drivers can go to increase the probability of an arrest ending the evening.
Where to go to Increase the Odds of a DUI Arrest
“Next time you visit some of the area’s more popular bars, make sure you arrange a ride home if you plan on partaking in more than one or two alcoholic beverages.’ TBO.com
2- The Kennedy
3- Hyde Park Cafe
4- Seminole Hard Rock Casino
6- The Lodge
7- Blue Martini
8- CDB Pizza
9- The Drynk
10- Gaspar’s Grotto
In 2010, Tampa Police cracked down hard on Gasparilla Arrests. That year the police arrested more than 400 party-goers. Since then the arrests have plummetted. You should still be safe. You should still be careful. If you need an attorney call 813.222.2220.
Avoid Gasparilla Arrests
If you are under 21 years old do not drink at all.
You should only drink or carry an open container in the “wet zone.”
You should use the port-a-potty. No one wants to have you urinate in public.
You want to be sure and park in an area that is legal parking.
Do not drink and drive. You can have a sober friend drive. Or you can call a taxi, Uber or Lyft.
Gasparilla Arrests Report
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s records, there were few arrests at Gasparilla 2016. UPDATE: The final tally from the Tampa Police Department (TPD) was 24 misdemeanor arrests and 2 felony busts. The Florida Game Commission made a BUI Boating Under the Influence arrest in Hillsborough Bay, there was some Disorderly Conduct, and a few Driving Under the Influence charges. Standby for an official announcement from law enforcement source.
4 possession of marijuana
3 adult underage drinking
3 boating under the influence
3 disorderly conduct
3 resist arrest without violence
2 trespass after warning
1 open container/striking a police horse
1 open container
1 petit theft
1 possession of a synthetic drug
1 open container citation
24 Misdemeanor Arrests for Gasparilla
Every year hundreds join the Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Invasion by boat. This year, Saturday, January 27 the crew will start its journey at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. when the crew captures the Mayor. Many people have their own parties alongside the Gasparilla Flotilla. You can avoid a BUI charge by having a designated driver on the boat. If you need an attorney call 813.222.2220
Gasaparilla Is Just For Fun Not For BUI Charge Or DUI Charge
You can learn more about the Florida BUI (Boating Under the Influence) Charge. Here are 16 Tips For Surviving Gasparilla Pirate Fest Invasion. Then you can look at The Official Flotilla and Parade Maps. The parade begins Bayshore Boulevard at Bay to Bay Boulevard at 2:00 p.m. Then the parade ends on Ashley Drive when it reaches Cass Street around 5:30 p.m. You don’t want to forget that the NHL All-Star Weekend is also this weekend in downtown Tampa. That will add to the crowds and may increase parking issues, Special event rates will be in place for parking in public garages and privately operated lots throughout downtown Tampa and around Bayshore Boulevard. Most fill up by 10:30 a.m. If you made a bad decision or got confused with someone who did call an expert attorney call 813.222.2220