In a recently issued press release, 15-291, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced that its deputies and other local law enforcement agencies would conduct a county wide “DUI Wolf Pack” operation on Saturday, December 19, 2015 through Sunday, December 20, 2015.
The stated purpose of the operation is to reduce DUI related injuries. Officers use a variety of techniques during these operations including checkpoints (often called “roadblocks”) and saturation patrols throughout Pinellas County.
Click here to read more about DUI checkpoints in Pinellas County. No word yet on whether the PCSO has any DUI checkpoints scheduled for New Year’s Eve in Pinellas County, although traditionally, more officers are on the streets throughout the holiday season.
The PCSO considers the DUI Wolf Pack operations to be an important part of their on-going commitment to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to drunk and impaired driving. Another stated purpose of the Wolf Pack is to educate citizens and create public awareness about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and any chemical or controlled substances.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office uses officers from its Patrol Operations Bureau including the DUI Unit and the Traffic Enforcement Unit for the DUI Wolf Pack operations. Other local law enforcement agencies that participate in the program include:
- the Tarpon Springs Police Department;
- the St. Petersburg Police Department;
- the Largo Police Department;
- the Gulfport Police Department;
- the Clearwater Police Department; and
- the Florida Highway Patrol.
Recent Results of the Wolf Pack Patrol in Pinellas County, FL
After the operation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office issued the results of operation. From Saturday, December 19, 2015 through Sunday, December 20, 2015, the officers cited individuals with a total of 17 criminal charges.
Eleven of the criminal charges were for DUI including one person who was arrested for DUI while operating a motorcycle. The other criminal charges included:
- One (1) Fleeing and Eluding;
- One (1) Motorcycle Endorsement Violation;
- One (1) Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor); and
- Three (3) Misdemeanor Driving while license suspended and/or revoked with knowledge.
In addition to criminal charges, local law enforcement officer issued 135 total citations including:
- Fifteen (15) civil citations for Driving while License Suspended and/or Revoked without Knowledge;
- Forty (40) speeding tickets;
- One (1) open container citation;
- Nine (9) driving with no proof of insurance;
- Thirty (30) other non-moving violations;
- Thirty-eight (38) other moving violations;
- One (1) violation DL restrictions; and
- One (1) seat belt violation.
In the press release, the PCSO explained that December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Several area organizations provide food to the officers during the operation including:
- the Suncoast Safety Council – the DUI school for people who live or work in Pinellas County with offices in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, FL;
- Remove Intoxicated Drivers USA Inc. (R.I.D.) – the original Anti-DWI National Organization in the United States, founded in 1978 by Doris Aiken; and
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) – nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused on preventing drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking.
Wolf Pack in Pinellas County – Visit the website of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to view all news releases related to countywide DUI Wolf Pack operations operated throughout the year. Also find information on Checkpoints in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and throughout Pinellas County, FL.
Finding a DUI Attorney in Pinellas County, FL
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting Wolf Packs continuously throughout the year. If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Pinellas County, or related criminal offenses such as driving while license suspended, reckless driving, fleeing to elude, possession of marijuana or possession of a controlled substance, then contact the DUI defense attorneys at the Morris Law Firm to discuss your case.
Officers are expected to be out in full force during the holiday season through New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2015. Be careful during this holiday season.