The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office conducted two DUI Checkpoints in Sarasota over the weekend. Friday night, the location was Bay Island Park, in the 1000 block of Siesta Drive, and early Saturday morning, the location was Stickney Point Road at Avenue A.
During the operation, there were 10 DUI arrests, including one offender for whom this was his fourth DUI. There were nine other arrests on numerous charges, including drug possession, possession of alcohol by a minor and driving with a suspended license. There were also 104 traffic citations issued for various violations.
“To remove ten impaired drivers from Sarasota County roads over the holiday weekend made all citizens safer,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Residents of Siesta Key previously requested a checkpoint and it obviously made an impact, not only on those arrested but the hundreds of other drivers and passengers that passed through the operation.
“It is important for all drivers to remember that traffic enforcement is 24/7 for this agency, so even when there is no checkpoint, we’re watching for these violations.”
Other agencies participating in this operation included the Florida Highway Patrol, North Port Police Department and Venice Police Department.