|Palm Harbor DUI Checkpoint
The checkpoint will be at 31975 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor. The Sheriff’s Office will be diverting northbound traffic from U.S. 19 N. The checkpoint will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, until 4 a.m. Saturday, Oct., 19. Narcotics cops will be there too.
Checkpoint Update from Bay News 9:
5 DUI Arrests
2 DWLSR charegs
1 Possession of Cannabis
1 No Valid Drivers License
1 Obstruct or Oppose by False Name
1 Flee to Elude
6 Arrests on Other Charges
1,899 vehicles passed the checkpoint
376 vehicles were diverted for evaluation.
21 citations were issued.
Who is Conducting the Checkpoint:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Special Operations Division
Patrol Deputies (North and South County)
Prisoner Transport Unit
Traffic Crash Investigators
Investigative Operations Bureau Narcotics Unit
Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID)
How/Why: Pinellas County deputies will conduct multiple DUI Checkpoints over the next two weekends. The goal of the sobriety checkpoints is to raise awareness that will help reduce injuries and save lives this holiday season; as well as enforce the Sheriff’s Office zero-tolerance for drinking and driving/drug consumption and driving.
DUI enforcement is designed to keep families safe from one of the greatest threats to our communities – THE IMPAIRED DRIVER. Statistics show that in 2010 there were 1,198 alcohol related crashes in Pinellas County. Those crashes resulted in 699 injuries and 42 fatalities.
At the sobriety checkpoints, about thirty-five to forty Patrol, Prisoner Transport, Community Policing, K-9, and Narcotics deputies will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigators Unit and the Explorer Post 900 will also assist with non-enforcement related tasks. Deputies will also be looking for other traffic violations to include driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Bus will be used for breath testing and processing of arrested individuals.