The Temple Terrace Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint / roadblock on Friday night, December 30, 2011, near 56th Street and Whiteway Drive. The roadblock began at 10 p.m. Friday, and was scheduled to end at midnight. Following the roadblock the Temple Terrace Police Department scheduled a “saturation patrol” from midnight until 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, December 31, 2011.
The Temple Terrace roadblock officers will be looking for equipment violations and impaired drivers. The stated goal of the DUI roadblock / checkpoint is to conduct high-visibility enforcement operations and increase the public’s awareness of Florida’s DUI enforcement efforts. This roadblock is scheduled on the final weekend of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in Florida.
The Temple Terrace Police Department has yet to announce the number of citizens who were delayed by the roadblock or whether any DUI arrests actual resulted from the effort. If you witnessed the checkpoint then we’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to leave a comment below.
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