Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins

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SARASOTA COUNTY - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is participating in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the national crackdown on impaired driving from now until Labor Day weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 10,000 people die on the road each year due to drunk driving. In order to stop this deadly epidemic, law enforcement in every state and most U.S. cities will be cracking down on drunk driving from August 16th through September 2nd.

The enhanced enforcement is in addition to our regularly scheduled monthly saturation patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or drunk drivers from local roadways to keep all motorists safe.

Following the nationwide campaign, September saturation patrols will be conducted on the 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 21st, 27th and 28th.

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 saturation patrols are designed to be mobile they take place in different areas of the county.