Release Number: 11-301
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)
What: In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries and save lives this Holiday season, Pinellas County deputies conducted DUI checkpoints at two locations over the weekend. Results at each of the locations are listed below.
Where: The first sobriety checkpoint was conducted at Berea Baptist Church located at 370 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor.
The second, at K-Mart located at 26996 US Highway 19 North in Clearwater.
When: The first sobriety checkpoint was held between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2011.
The second was held between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
The goal of the sobriety checkpoints was 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.
The results for the Sobriety Checkpoint held from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church located at 370 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor are as follows:
A total of 690 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 230 drivers diverted for assessment.The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 42 seconds.
A total of 11 subjects were arrested.
3 Possession of Marijuana
1 Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
1 Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
1 Fail to Obey Lawful Command
7 Vehicles Impounded
The results for the Sobriety Checkpoint held from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.at 26996 US Highway 19 North in Clearwater are as follows:
A total of 239 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 79 drivers diverted for assessment. The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minutes and 46 seconds.
A total of 14 subjects were arrested.
2 No Valid DL
1 Violation of DL Restriction
3 Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
1 Driving While License Suspended (Habitual)
1 Felony Violation of Probation
5 Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance
8 Vehicles Impounded
For additional details see press release #11-299.