Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Special Operations Division
-Patrol Deputies (North and South County)
-Prisoner Transport Unit
-Traffic Crash Investigators
- Community Policing Unit
- K-9 Unit
- Explorer Post 900
Investigative Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) (community organization)
In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries deputies will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Pinellas County.
This weekend there will be a checkpoint set up at 29582 U.S. 19 North in Clearwater (Parking lot of Pinellas County North County Traffic Court)
Friday, March 16, 2012 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
29582 U.S. 19 North in Clearwater
In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries deputies will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Pinellas County. The sobriety checkpoints will continue to be conducted once a month at various locations throughout the County.
Wolf Pack patrols will also be once a month on nights separate from the checkpoints, and will target high traffic areas with an eye to identify and stop impaired, aggressive or otherwise reckless and errant drivers. A Wolf Pack patrol is scheduled for later this month.
The goal of sobriety checkpoints and wolf pack patrols is to raise awareness that will help reduce injuries and save lives; as well as enforce the Sheriff Gualtieri’s Office zero-tolerance for drinking and driving/drug consumption and driving.
“This is another part of our continued effort and commitment at reducing drug and alcohol related crimes which threaten public safety in Pinellas County. We have seen an epidemic of overdose related deaths as many citizens of all social and economic backgrounds have become addicted to prescription drugs. We know these same people are getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and driving. Through aggressive enforcement we hope to save lives,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
DUI enforcement is designed to keep families safe from one of the greatest threats to our communities – THE IMPAIRED DRIVER.
Pinellas County deputies will conduct a DUI Checkpoint this Friday, March 16, 2012 staring at 10:00 p.m. They will be located at 29582 U.S. 19 North in Clearwater (Parking lot of Pinellas County North County Traffic Court).
At the sobriety checkpoints, 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.
This Friday’s checkpoint is dedicated to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Nick Sznerch and his family. Nick lost his 13-year-old sister and father to an impaired driver when he was only 7-years-old.
For more information about the Sobriety Checkpoints, contact Captain Teri Dioquino of the Special Operations Division at 727-582-6200.