Compliance Checks and Patrols June 2 Through 10

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is kicking off June with compliance checks, and these are tests of sorts given to local establishments that sell alcohol. To be more specific, these vendors get tested for their compliance with underage drinking laws. It could look something like a police officer asking a volunteer teen to go into a bar and ask to buy an alcoholic drink. The officer wants to find out if the bartender will ask for identification and refuse to sell, or if they will forget this vital regulation. And if the bartender does refuse to sell, the teen will have instructions to offer a bribe to see if the bartender is susceptible. A failed compliance check could bring criminal and civil penalties against the bartender, clerk, or waiter, and could even bring fines and another penalties against their employer.

A saturation patrol will also take place this week, and this entails an increased number of officers searching for any signs that drivers are impaired. While this patrol is primarily to counter drunk driving, deputies will be on the lookout for any suspected criminal activity. A heightened patrol will be conducted along similar lines.

Here is the schedule of DUI enforcement events for Hillsborough County this week:

  • Monday, June 2, there will be compliance checks from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. This affects District III (Western Hillsborough County).
  • Wednesday, June 4, more compliance checks are scheduled, set this time to target District IV (Southern Hillsborough County). This too is set to go from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 6, there will be a heightened patrol throughout all districts of Hillsborough County, schedule for 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 7, a saturation patrol will be in effect in District II (Eastern Hillsborough County) from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 10, compliance checks are scheduled for District III (Western Hillsborough County) from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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