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Sobriety Checkpoint Nets 2 DUI Arrests

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies and Largo Police issued 35 citations, impounded 14 vehicles and arrested 2 drivers for DUI at a checkpoint Friday night by Babcock Furniture.

A sobriety checkpoint was setup Friday night to help reduce DUI related injuries.

Law enforcement officers diverted 255 vehicles through the checkpoint out of the 822 vehicles, which passed Babcock Furniture on busy Missouri Avenue North, according to a news release.

The five-hour checkpoint was held  who died due to the actions of an impaired driver in 2007, according to a news release.

Checkpoint results:

  • 17 arrests
  • 22 total charges
  • 2 driving under the influence
  • 5 driving while license is suspended or revoked
  • 7 possession of marijuana
  • 3 possession of paraphernalia
  • 2 violation of probation
  • 3 no valid driver's license
Maureen Petersen July 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Creepy way to "enforce the law".
Katherine McManus Hawkins July 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Dying at the hands of an impaired driver is WAY creepier,Maureen. My brother's life ended that way, just like Jack Schaffer's ended.
chad redding July 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
sorry for your lose Katherine, some ppl just do not appreciate others safety and well being, and that is very CREEPY
Maureen Petersen July 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I still believe in our constitutional rights. Be my guest, stop anyone that is driving erratically or displaying some form of inappropriate behavior. This procedure seems to me to be the lazy cop way and I don't understand how it is constitutional to set up posts and stop people for no reason.

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