The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is conducting monthly saturation patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or impaired drivers from local roadways to keep motorists safe.
Instead of setting up what is referred to as a “DUI Checkpoint,” a number of Patrol and Traffic deputies work targeted zones at the same time to monitor driving activity. Because saturation patrols are mobile, they take place in different areas of the county.
In June, deputies conducted saturation patrols on five different days resulting in 22 DUI arrests and 187 citations for other traffic offenses. It’s important to note that these numbers are for the saturation patrols and do not include DUI arrests made outside of these specific initiatives.
This month, saturation patrols were conducted on the 5th and 6th, and they will also be in effect on the 13th, 20th and 27th. Results will be provided at the beginning of next month, when the August saturation patrol dates are announced.
In addition to enhanced traffic enforcement and education efforts in recent months, the Sheriff’s Office renewed its partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) earlier this year when the advocacy group reestablished its presence in Sarasota County. A grant from the Florida Department of Transportation helps support the increased traffic safety activities.