The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office conducts monthly saturation patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or impaired drivers from local roads to keep all motorists safe.
Because of Sheriff Tom Knight’s 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 following month’s activities are announced.
In August, deputies conducted saturation patrols on seven different days, resulting in 24 DUI arrests and 197 citations for other traffic offenses.
In addition, deputies participated in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from August 16-September 2, resulting in 32 DUI arrests agency-wide.
These numbers do not include DUI arrests made during the month outside these specific initiatives.
This month’s saturation patrols are scheduled for September 7, 13, 14, 21, 27 and 28.
As explained when the program launched in May, 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 to monitor driving activity. Saturation patrols are mobile by design, so they take place in different parts of the county.