POLICE CRACKDOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS UNDERWAY
WHAT: Orange County Community Traffic Safety Task Force Saturation/Roving Patrol detail - The Orange County Community Traffic Safety Task Force, and Orange County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol operation on Friday, September 3, 2010. This multi-jurisdictional effort will be hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. High profile DUI Saturation Patrol operations have been a valuable tool to law enforcement. The objective of this operation is to safely remove suspected DUI offenders and criminal traffic violators from the highways by mobile high visibility traffic enforcement tactics.
WHERE: The operation will be centered on the DUI Testing Center, which is located at 2400 West 33rd Street, Orlando, Florida. A roving patrol composed of deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol troopers, and local municipalities will saturate the streets, road and highways in a circle radiating out from the DUI Test Center from 10-15 miles which will cover the central corridor areas of Orange County to include cities of Orlando, Edgewood and Belle Isles.. A briefing of involved agencies will commence at 8:30 PM in the rear parking area of the DUI Test Center located at the above address. The operation will begin at approximately 9:00 PM.
WHO: The operation is a multi-agency effort involving members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol Troop D, FHP Troop K Turnpike, Winter Park Police Department, University of Central Florida Police Department, Edgewood Police Department, Winter Garden Police Department, Windermere Police Department, Maitland Police Department, Apopka Police Department, Ocoee Police Department, Oakland Police Department, Florida Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Compliance Division, and the Belle Isle Police Department.
According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you’re under arrest,” said Acting Lt. Fortier.
The national Drunk Driving-Over the Limit- Under Arrest crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.