DUI Enforcement this Saturday in Hillsborough County

Compliance checks are the first DUI enforcement events to be conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office this Saturday. These checks involve a teen volunteer who is sent by a police officer to ask a bartender, clerk, or waiter for an alcoholic beverage. The officer wants to see if the vendor will ask the teen for identification, whether they will give alcohol to a minor who is under the age of 21, or whether they will do so after accepting a bribe. What are the penalties for a failed compliance check? For a first-time misdemeanor charge of this offense, the penalties can include:

  • 60 days in jail
  • A $500 fine
  • A suspended or revoked driver's license

Another event the sheriff's office regularly conducts is a checkpoint. While the exact location is not always announced, these stops are well marked ahead of time, so that before you drive up to the checkpoint, you will know it is coming. Officers almost always have to keep to a set pattern of stopping drivers, such as only stopping every seventh vehicle. If they deviate from this pattern, it could be a reason to discount any resulting arrest. Such checkpoints rarely lead to more DUI arrests than is usual, however, as these primarily serve as a strong reminder to drivers to only get behind the wheel while sober.

This weekend, there will be both a set of compliance checks and a DUI checkpoint:

  • Saturday, April 19, there will be compliance checks in District IV (Southern Hillsborough County), set to go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 19, there will also be a checkpoint in a yet to be disclosed location in District III (Western Hillsborough County). This will be in place from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

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