PINELLAS COUNTY - Pinellas County's "DUI Wolf-Pack" was active over the holiday weekend, working to reduce alcohol-related incidents in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI Sustained Enforcement Program known as "You Drink and Drive. You Lose."
"You Drink and Drive. You Lose" was a national DUI crackdown, which ran from Dec. 10, 2005 through Jan. 1. The goal of the crackdown was to reduce injuries and to save lives through strict enforcement and public education.
The goal of the DUI Sustained Enforcement Program was to mobilize every law enforcement agency in the state in a continuing effort to keep families safe from one of the greatest threats to our communities - the impaired driver.
Statistics show that in 2004 there were 1,610 alcohol-related crashes in Pinellas County. Those crashes resulted in 1,193 injuries and 48 fatalities.
Deputies began the local detail on Saturday Dec. 31, 2005 and enforcement continued until 4 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, according to an announcement. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit, and K-9 Unit looked for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Deputies also looked for other traffic violations including: speeding, aggressive driving, seat belt, drivers license, registration and insurance and equipment violations.
Deputies from the DUI Enforcement Unit announced the following results from Saturday night and Sunday mornings countywide DUI Wolf Pack:
DUI - 5; Driving with license suspended or revoked - 13; Speeding - 14; Safety Belt- 6
DUI - 5; Warrant - 2; Other - 2
In addition to the "Wolf Pack," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has been conducting "Saturation Patrols" during the month of December in conjunction with the Sustained Enforcement Program.
For further DUI Sustained Enforcement Program information contact Sgt. Richard Nalven of the DUI Enforcement Unit at 464-8170.