Category Archives: checkpoint

The Problem with USF DUI Checkpoints

DUI Checkpoints are highly ineffective. On February 27, 2016, the University of South Florida Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint on 50th Street near the USF Catholic Student Center. According to Cpl. Scott Parker’s after-action report / critique, there were 441 vehicles stopped at the checkpoint. Out of all of those people delayed in the […]

HCSO Cancels the 4th of July DUI Checkpoint

      It looks like the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office waited until the last minute to cancel a July 4th DUI Checkpoint. Two days ago, the checkpoint was still listed on the HCSO website for an undisclosed location in District II from 2100 hours to midnight. BAT and transportation were to be provided at […]

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Says Don’t Drink and Drive this Holiday Season

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office wants you to remember not to drink and drive this holiday season. This video was published on their YouTube channel on December 11, 2013. It was sponsored by Bright House Networks. It’s ironic that Sheriff Grady Judd has such a video on this YouTube channel considering the fact that he […]

DUI Arrests by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Increase Dramatically

The number of people arrested for DUI by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has increased dramatically because of its new DUI enforcement unit formed earlier this year. In fact, year over year, the number of DUI arrests are up more than 50%. The PCSO’s DUI enforcement unit reached full staff about four months ago. The […]

DUI Checkpoint Coming to Brandon, FL, in Hillsborough County on Thursday

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has announced that another DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in Brandon, FL, near JC Handley Park at 3104 S. Kings Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue. The Brandon DUI Checkpoint will start on July 25th at 10:00 p.m. and is required to end at 4:00 a.m. on July 26th. The Breath Alcohol […]

The DUI Officer Can’t Hold You Down While They Jab a Needle Into Your Arm (at least not without a warrant)

Missouri v. McNeely has been decided. We can all breath a sigh of relief that the United States Supreme Court has affirmed the judgment of the Missouri Supreme Court. The case holds that in a DUI investigation, “the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency in every case sufficient to […]

The DUI Checkpoint “Fails to Meet Constitutional Muster”

Part III – The Prosecutor’s Internal Memo Explaining Why the DUI Checkpoint “Fails to Meet Constitutional Muster.” Through a public records request we obtained an internal memo from Assistant State Attorney, Vin Petty, to his supervisors, Bernie McCabe, Bruce Barlett, and Mike Halkitis, dated July 3, 2012, explaining why DUI charges should be dropped. An […]

Port Richey DUI Checkpoints for New Year’s Eve Weekend

The approach of New Year’s Eve means law enforcement officers throughout Florida begin to ramp up plans for DUI checkpoints that begin this weekend and continue through New Year’s Eve. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced that its Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Unit will conduct a DUI Checkpoint tomorrow, Friday, December 28, 2012 at 8:30 […]

DUI Checkpoint Tonight in Plant City, FL

The laws surrounding DUI checkpoints and roadblocks are strange. For instance, law enforcement officers are required to announce certain details about the DUI checkpoint in advance to the public. In order to comply with this requirement, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will conduct a “lowman checkpoint and saturation” in the eastern […]

DUI Checkpoint in Pinellas County on Tampa Road

A DUI checkpoint (often called a DUI roadblock) was scheduled last night in Pinellas County on Tampa Road. The law enforcement officers started stopping vehicles traveling on Tampa Road from 10 p.m. Friday, September 28 until 3 a.m. Saturday, September 29. Those vehicles that are selected for further detention were directed into a parking lot […]