While there is never a good time to be drunk driving, doing so in Pinellas county this weekend just got a bit more dangerous. Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to enforce a huge DUI/safety check on ALL southbound traffic on 34th street North (U.S. 19). This checkpoint will be enforced this Friday from 10:30 p.m. until 4:00a.m. Saturday morning.
Agencies participating in the check point include the Saint Petersburg police department, Florida Highway Patrol, the Pinellas county sheriff’s office, Belleair police, Gulfport, and the Kenneth city police department among others. This operation will take place at 1700 34th Street North (Publix parking lot).
We present this information as a public service message and as a warning about possible traffic delays. We will do a followup report detailing any arrests that took place as a result of this operation.
As Pinellas DUI attorneys, we have been asked about the legalities of these checkpoints. As previously mentioned, these are legal as long as there is a set “pattern” of what cars get pulled over. For instance, picking every fourth or 10th car is legal, but pulling over every female or Asian driver is not. In this case, it appears that this may be the largest checkpoint in modern Pinellas history. EVERY car will be pulled over for almost a six hour period.
In conclusion, be aware and be a defensive driver! While drinking and driving or driving while high is always a public danger, the amount of “under the influence” arrests increases substantially around the holiday season. If you or a loved one plan on being out tonight stay vigilant and stay off US 19…
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