The saturation patrol will run from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021.By Jon Harsanje

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – People hitting the streets of Pinellas County may notice an increased presence of law enforcement this weekend.

Pinellas County deputies will conduct a DUI saturation patrol in an effort to curb a rash of impaired drivers that plague our roadways. Rarely does a weekend pass in the Bay Area without an impaired driver causing a traffic accident.

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Deputies will maintain a proactive profile over the weekend on the highly-traveled roadways of Pinellas County. The saturation patrol will run from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Saturation patrols are a part of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s ongoing commitment to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to impaired driving.

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The goal of saturation patrols are to educate people and create public awareness about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and any chemical or controlled substances.

Law enforcement asks citizens to “Lead the way for a Safer Pinellas” by never driving after drinking, instead take the following steps to have a safe and happy weekend:

  • Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend/family member to get you home safely.

Despite the event nature of this program, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says they will continue DUI enforcement throughout the year.

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