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Increased DUI Patrols Planned

Both the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the University of South Florida campus police are set to go with heightened patrols and sobriety checkpoints to clear roadways of drunken drivers.

Not that drinking and driving ever is acceptable, but especially so beginning at midnight Jan. 13 the move will be costly for impaired drivers on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.

In place for a two-hour "sobriety checkpoint" will be USF police officers who promise to identify drunken drivers, who in turn will face arrest and prosecution.

“This operation is part of a comprehensive, collaborative approach to traffic safety,” reads the checkpoint notice from the campus police department. “USF police officers will use the Sobriety Checkpoint to identify impaired drivers in an effort to keep our streets safe.”

Likewise, the Hillsbrough County Sheriff’s Office has an “Operation 3D” public awareness campaign, named for the admonition: “Don’t Drink & Drive.”

Part of Operation 3D includes regular checkpoints at advertised locations throughout the county.

Here's What's Coming:
Heightened DUI Patrols, Saturation, Checkpoints

  • Jan. 12, saturation, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., District II, Eastern Hillsborough County
  • Jan. 18, heightened patrol, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., all districts
  • Jan. 19, saturation, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., District I, Northern Hillsborough County
  • Jan. 25, heightened patrol, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., all districts
  • Jan. 26, checkpoint and saturation, District II, Eastern Hillsborough County, State Road 60 (Brandon Boulevard) and Parsons Avenue.
Christopher Nank January 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Great. Nice to see valuable resources are being spent to catch all these REAL criminals. God knows there's no need for that manpower to be deployed elsewhere . . .
Camille C. Spencer January 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@chris: :-) i suppose they're just making sure people don't do anything too crazy during the three-day weekend.
Christopher Nank January 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Probably their logic -- and I'm not saying these aren't totally unnecessary. But I watch people drive like maniacs, recklessly, with no regard for others' safety, up and down Dale Mabry in broad daylight. Where are the police then? They're only there AFTER an accident has already occurred. Focusing efforts on preventing accidents is more constructive than just casting a lazy net for DUIs. And that's what they are -- lazy, easy arrests.
sodd.org January 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Taking drunk drivers off the road should be a priority. Tell a family who lost a loved one to a drunk driver that police should spent their time catching more important criminals, like a thief. Drunk driving kills and changes lives for those who survive. Get your priorities straight. One in five are affected by a drunk driving incident .

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