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Pinellas DUI Cops Again Watching Bar Parking Lots

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Pinellas DUI Cops Again
Watching Bar Parking Lots

Pinellas DUI cops are back sitting on bar parking lots again. Recently we got video of a cop testifying in Florida about Bar watching. We reported: Hillsborough County Tampa Bay DUI Officers in Florida were watching lots. We recently got some interesting video of testimony from a top DUI Sergeant in Tampa Bay law enforcement. Cops sit on bar parking lots. If it was not obvious already, the tactic is common.

A Bit of History
“In 2009 the DUI squad, which at one point had more than a dozen deputies, was eliminated due to budget cuts. The Sheriff’s Office immediately noticed a slump in arrests.” Reported the St Pete Times. After reinstating bar watching, “Three deputies made more than 100 DUI arrests. Each.”

 breath test results. These are found AFTER they have been placed under arrest, AFTER they’ve had their car towed, and AFTER they’ve been transported to the jail. At that point, there’s no way to “unarrest” someone, so the person will have a permanent criminal record, and will pay hundreds to get their car out of impound. Quite an “education” for someone who’s done nothing w“A lot of people say we’re hunting people down . . .”


Factors Used to Hunt DUI Cases

1. Where are the night’s drink specials? 
2. Who’s giving the dollar specials? 
3. Who’s giving the lady’s night?

An Expensive Education

“Another aspect of the unit’s job, Skaggs said, is education. If someone tests close to 0.08, the DUI deputies chat with the motorist about the dangers of impaired driving. ‘That’s educating as opposed to enforcing the laws. I hate to call it a gray area, but that’s exactly what it is . . .”  Pinellas DUI Cop, Sgt. Howard Skaggs  said.

DUI Suspects Cannot by “Unarrested”

One citizen has noted, “about ‘educating’ drivers with BAC’s below .08: The only way that they know if someone has a BAC below .08 is to look at the breath test results. These are found AFTER they have been placed under arrest, AFTER they’ve had their car towed, and AFTER they’ve been transported to the jail. At that point, there’s no way to “unarrest” someone, so the person will have a permanent criminal record, and will pay hundreds to get their car out of impound. Quite an “education” for someone who’s done nothing wrong.”

We have suspected this for years but, to his credit, the officer in the video tells us they watch parking lots, act on tips received by phone and other types of electronics messages. We have protected the identity of the officer and give him credit for testifying so candidly. Tips to watch locations come from Phone Calls from Bar Managers, letters, pictures he says, “I get all kinds of stuff.”

Assume this is the practice everywhere. One DUI attorney has said “as 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.”

ust a slight correction to Sgt. Skaggs’ comment about “educating” drivers with BAC’s below .08: The only way that they know if someone has a BAC below .08 is to look at the breath test results. These are found AFTER they have been placed under arrest, AFTER they’ve had their car towed, and AFTER they’ve been transported to the jail. At that point, there’s no way to “unarrest” someone, so the person will have a permanent criminal record, and will pay hundreds to get their car out of impound. Quite an “education” for someone who’s done nothing w“A lot of people say we’re hunting people down,” said DUI Unit Supervisor Sgt. Howard Skaggs, a 26-year to the St. Pete Times. 

Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/dui-arrests-rebounding-since-pinellas-restored-sheriffs-dui-unit/2149191#comments