With Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we have
officially entered one of the busiest DUI seasons of the year. Whether
you live in Tampa, New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles, you can count
on the fact that law enforcement nationwide will be cracking down on drunk drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that claims more than 10,000
lives each year.
With that in mind, law enforcement in each state across the U.S. and in
most cities are cracking down on DUI between December 18 and December
31, however, some jurisdictions are extending their efforts through Jan. 2.
Hillsborough County’s Operation 3D
Here in Tampa, we have “Operation 3D” brought to you by the
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office impaired driving enforcement. The
Operation 3D – Don’t Drink & Drive program claims to be one of the most successful programs of its kind in
the state of Florida.
The public awareness plan was designed to enhance Hillsborough County Sheriff’s
Office’s ability to combat drunk driving, and it’s proven
to pay off in plenty of
Operation 3D involves a series of activities, including setting up
DUI checkpoints in areas with a history of drunk driving arrests, accidents and fatalities.
It also involves
saturation patrols, the publishing of news releases, awareness materials, and issuing public
Holiday DUI Checkpoints Have Begun
According to the HCSO’s website, they have scheduled more than a
dozen dates for multi-agency saturation, heightened patrols, compliance
checks, and saturation patrols between Nov. 25 and Dec. 31.
These dates include:
- Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 – A heightened patrol for District I, Northern
- Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 – A heightened patrol for District III, Western
- Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 – Compliance checks for District II, Eastern
- Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 – Saturation in the East County
Generally, the above heightened patrols begin around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and
run through the early morning, sometimes as late as 4:00 a.m.
If you are arrested for DUI during the holiday saturation patrols and DUI
checkpoints, don’t hesitate to
contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to speak with a Tampa DUI defense attorney!