Hillsborough County DUI Patrols & Compliance Checks May 27-30

Of the three DUI enforcement events this week, the first will be a compliance check, a round of testing that involves a teen volunteer, local vendors of alcohol, and an officer from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The teen recruit, under the officer's coaching, will go inside a restaurant, convenience store, or bar to ask for an alcohol drink. The test is to see whether or not the vendor will ask for identification and refuse to sell alcohol to the minor. This test could even involve the teen offering a bribe to the vendor, to see if that will sway their mind. If the vendor does give in at any point, then he or she could be looking at 60 days in jail, $500 in fines, and a suspended driver's license.

Similar penalties could face those who are arrested on suspicion of DUI. While such an arrest can occur at any time, heightened patrols and saturation patrols are a time when an increased number of officers are on patrol, primarily on the alert for any drivers who appear intoxicated. Here is the list of scheduled checks and patrols this week:

  • Tuesday, May 27, there will be compliance checks from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. throughout Southern Hillsborough County (District IV).
  • Thursday, May 29, there will be a heightened patrol going from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. in Southern Hillsborough County.
  • Friday, May 30, a saturation patrol will take place in Northern Hillsborough County (District I) from10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

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