The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office conducts monthly saturation patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or impaired drivers from local roadways to keep motorists safe.
Because of the commitment to keep the public aware of these ongoing education and enforcement efforts, results are provided at the end of each month and dates for the next month's activity are announced.
In March, saturation patrols resulted in 10 DUI arrests and two citations for .02 violations (person under 21 driving after consuming alcohol but not criminally impaired.) Another 154 citations were written for other traffic offenses. These numbers do not include DUI arrests made during the month outside of these specific initiatives.
Saturation patrols are conducted instead of what is referred to as a "DUI Checkpoint" and includes a number of Patrol and Traffic deputies working targeted zones at the same time to monitor driving activity. By the nature of their design, saturation patrols are mobile and take place in different areas of the county.
In April, saturation patrols will be conducted on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. This initiative is conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and supported through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).