The Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office is conducting a Saturation Patrol tomorrow, January 10, between the hours of 10 p.m. through the morning ending at 2 a.m. The patrol will be located only in District II of the Eastern Hillsborough County, and there will be no BAT or transport available at the scene. A BAT means that there is a mobile
blood alcohol testing, and they will conduct other
field sobriety tests instead.
In the state of Florida the most common field sobriety tests given may include breathalyzers, walk and turn tests, one leg stand tests, or horizontal gaze nystagmus test. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test essentially means that the officer will hold an object, a pen or something similar, and ask you to follow it with your eyes. The officers are then able to get a general understanding if the driver has been drinking too much if they are unable to control their eye movements with the exam.
The main goal of a saturation patrol is to catch those through the community who have chosen to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. During the saturation patrol hours, the specified area of the Eastern district will have more officers on duty and specific intersections are roads in order to catch drivers. It is important to understand as a driver that even during these special patrols, an officer must have probable cause to pull you over in the first place, trying to catch their quota for the night is not one of them.
If you happen to be arrested during one of Hillsborough County's saturation patrols, do not wait an extra moment before contacting your local
Tampa DUI lawyer at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Our firm is prepared to help you fight whatever DUI charges have been placed against you. Call us right away for the defense that you deserve!