As of Friday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri reinstituted DUI checkpoints and Wolf Pack patrols throughout Pinellas County. The goal of DUI checkpoints and the so-called "wolf pack patrol" is to reduce injuries, save lives, and enforce the Sheriff's Office zero-tolerance for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.
"We have seen an epidemic of overdose related deaths as many citizens of all social and economic backgrounds have become addicted to prescription drugs," said Sheriff Gualtieri. "We know these same people are getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and driving. Through aggressive enforcement we hope to save lives."
The Wolf Pack patrols will target high traffic areas to identify and stop impaired, aggressive, and/or otherwise reckless drivers. The patrols will not occur on the same night that a DUI checkpoint is running.
On Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, the first of the 2012 checkpoints was held. Overall, there were a whopping 32 arrests, including 8 for DUI, 12 for Driving on a Suspended License, 6 for possession of a controlled substance, and 2 misdemeanor warrant arrests.
If you or a loved one was arrested at one of these checkpoints, call a lawyer at our firm today. We have three former prosecutors on staff who know how the State will build a case against you and what can be done to fight the charges. Often times, we can have your charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge to help avoid harsh penalties. Call today for a free consultation at 813-281-2897. Taracks Gomez & Rickman – The Advocate For You.