Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, and continuing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enhanced DUI enforcement through the use of a “DUI Wolf Pack.” “Wolf Pack” is the name the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has given these DUI operations that are run in cooperation with the Tarpon Springs Police Department, Clearwater Police Department, Largo Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Kenneth City Police Department and the St. Petersburg Police Department because the officers travel in packs and aggressively target what they believe to be indicators of impairment when making traffic stops. See the announcement here: Pinellas Deputies and Local Police Agencies to Conduct County-Wide DUI Wolf Pack this Weekend
The DUI Wolf Pack operations are typically put into place during holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve. The timing of this DUI Wolf Pack operation coincides with Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo in the United States is traditionally a celebration of Mexican-American culture, and often also includes drinking and associated revelry, thus the reason for the timing of the DUI Wolf Pack enforcement this weekend.
The operation this weekend will be conducted throughout Pinellas County and will include heightened traffic enforcement and additional DUI Units on the road. The stated goal of the DUI Wolf Pack is to reduce traffic fatalities stemming from driving under the influence. The DUI Wolf Pack will be aggressively looking for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any other controlled substance.
If you were stopped and arrested during a Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack operation you should consult with an attorney who can assess the facts and circumstances of your arrest and formulate a plan for your best defense. We will review the stop, field sobriety tests, breath test and other associated evidence in an effort to resolve your case successfully. We have significant experience defending DUI cases including experience as a former State Attorney in Pinellas County and experience on the Pinellas County State Attorney’s DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide Squad. Contact the Morris Law Firm at (727) 388-4736 for a strategic review of your DUI case. The Morris Law Firm represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, and Manatee counties.