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Fourth of July Law Enforcement and DUI Patrols in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Law Enforcement and DUI Patrols in Tampa Bay
Fourth of July Law Enforcement and
DUI Patrols in Tampa Bay
Whether you’re on the road or at the beach—have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Expect DUI checkpoints or other deployments throughout the Tampa Bay area.

FINAL UPDATE: Over the holiday weekend, Friday through Monday, Tampa police made 34 DUI arrests.

UPDATE 1: Tampa Police say, “We will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint tonight at Sligh Av E and Branch Ave. N from 10 pm to 1 am. Be safe this weekend and don’t drink and drive.”

UPDATE 2 WTSP reports a Tampa bay Area wolfpack of cops nabbed several. Here are the numbers:

  • 13 DUI
  • 4 Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
  • 7 Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • 1 Possession Drug Paraphernalia
  • 4 Fleeing and Eluding (Motorcycle)
  • 5 Misdemeanor Driving While License Suspended and/or revoked with Knowledge
  • 2 DWLS/R (Felony)
  • 2 Felony Burglary/Battery
  • 1 Leaving Scene of a Crash with Injury (Felony)
  • 1 Obstruction of Justice
  • 12 Driving while License Suspended or Revoked with Knowledge
  • 24 Speeding
  • 61 Citations for other moving and non-moving violations

Source: http://www.wtsp.com/news/authorities-nab-13-dui-drivers-in-latest-wolfpack-operation-in-pinellas/262227882

UPDATE 3: Fox News reports “There are many options for responsible transportation to and from holiday celebrations in the Bay Area –  from a cab, to Uber, to the Tow to Go program, where a tow truck will actually pick you up and get you and your car home safely, free of charge. Tow to Go will be available until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. For more information on how it works, visit http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx or call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.”

Source:  http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/168842679-story

DUI Checkpoint at Sligh Avenue East and Branch Avenue, Tampa, Florida July 1 – 2. See Map Below.

Best times to drive safely this 4th of July weekend are are:

Law Enforcement Schedules

Thursday 06/30
7pm – 1am
Early holiday celebrations and visitors arriving for the weekend.
Friday 07/01
5pm – 3am
The weekend officially starts and Friday evening hours will be busy with the St. Pete First Friday block party and in downtown Tampa & SOHO area.
Saturday 07/02
3pm – 3am
DUI patrols will likely be wolfpacks and steady throughout the day and evening.
Sunday 07/03
3pm – 2am
Holiday events will make this Sunday busier than usual for Florida and Tampa Bay DUI patrol officers.
Monday 07/04
3pm – 11pm
There will be several parades throughout the city followed by fireworks later in the evening! Expect massive enforcement presence.

Tampa DUI Checkpoint Map

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