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 our 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 January, saturation patrols resulted in 18 DUI arrests and 349 citations for other traffic offenses. These numbers do not include DUI arrests made during the month outside 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. Because of their design, saturation patrols are mobile and take place in different areas of the county.
In February, patrols began on the 1st and 2nd and will subsequently be held on the 8th, 15th, 16th and 22nd. This initiative is conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and supported through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.