HCSO and TPD will be conducting DUI Checkpoints on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Tampa city limits. This will be a multi-agency task force designed to crack down on drunk driving during Memorial Day Weekend. The location is yet to be announced, but drivers can look for updates on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office website.
If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint, be aware that officers will be looking for tell-tale signs of driving under the influence, including blood-shot, watery eyes; odor of alcohol on your breath; slurred speech; and other indicators of impairment. If you show these cues, officers may ask you to step out and submit to field sobriety exercises, which may include the “walk and turn” exercise (walking nine heel-to-toe steps back and forth); the finger-to-nose test (touching your finger to the tip of your nose with your eyes closed and head tilted back); and the one-leg-stand test (standing on one foot for thirty seconds while counting outloud.) These tests are designed to test whether or not your normal faculties are impaired by alcohol.
If you “fail” these tests by showing multiple cues of impairment, you will be asked to submit to a breath or urine test. If you provide a sample over .08 (the legal limit) you will be charged with DUI and will be facing harsh penalties, including a fine, community service, and possibly jail time.
Our firm advises drivers to be smart and never drink and drive. Even one drink can increase your chances of being involved in an accident.