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Release Number: 19-168
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- April 15, 2019
- Contact Person:
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HCSO DUI Enforcement Squad Arrest 41 People
Sheriff Chad Chronister hopes to curb statistics showing that Hillsborough County leads the state in impaired crashes by bringing 20 DUI enforcement deputies into a new, centralized unit.
- April 12, 2019
- Time: 12:00 AM
HCSO DUI Enforcement Squad:
In their first night on patrol as a newly-formed unit, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office DUI Enforcement Squad had a successful launch, arresting 41 people for driving impaired, among other offenses, during a DUI Saturation on Friday night, April 12.
Hillsborough County deputies, along with members of the Florida Highway Patrol and the Tampa Police Department, patrolled areas of incorporated and unincorporated Hillsborough County for drunk and impaired drivers. State Road 60 and Interstate 4 were among the targeted areas.
Deputies located and arrested 29 impaired drivers, in addition to making 12 other arrests. A total of 41 drivers were arrested on Friday night. Deputies initiated 238 traffic stops. A total of 79 citations were issued.
"Friday night's outcome was better than we could have ever anticipated," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "In a single night, our deputies were able to take 29 impaired drivers off of the streets in Hillsborough County, and by doing so, they very likely could have saved the lives of countless other drivers on the road that night. I couldn't be more proud of the work our deputies are doing to keep our community safe and remind drivers that we have zero tolerance for getting behind the wheel intoxicated."
Sheriff Chad Chronister hopes to curb statistics showing that Hillsborough County leads the state in impaired crashes by bringing 20 DUI enforcement deputies from each District into a new, centralized unit.