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Deputies crack down on DUIs during holiday weekend

TAMPA — A Memorial Day traffic checkpoint organized by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office netted dozens of arrests, mostly for driving under the influence.

This holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most deadly for motorists, deputies said, with more people on the road and more celebrating with alcohol.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, deputies and officers with the Temple Terrace and University South Florida police departments stopped drivers at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Skipper Road. In two hours, 267 cars were stopped and more than two dozen drivers arrested.

Two were charged with driving with a suspended license, one was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana, 11 with seat belt violations and twelve for driving under the influence.

The checkpoint ended, but deputies continued searching for drunk drivers, and as of 5 a.m. Saturday, 21 people had been charged with DUI, deputies said.

The patrols won't end there. Deputies said they plan to stay on the lookout throughout the holiday weekend.

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