CLEARWATER — In 2010, 42 people died in alcohol-related crashes on Pinellas County roads.
Nearly 700 more were injured.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is hoping two drunk-driving checkpoints beginning tonight will help spread awareness about those statistics as the holiday season heats up and 2011 comes to a close.
The checkpoints will be held:
• 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Berea Baptist Church, 370 Alt. 19, Palm Harbor.
• 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. Saturday at K-Mart, 26996 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.
About thirty-five to forty deputies from patrol, prisoner transport, community policing, K-9 and narcotics units will be looking for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs, the Sheriff's Offiec said.
Traffic crash investigators and Explorer Post 900 will help with non-enforcement related duties during the detail.
Deputies will also be looking for other violations, including drivers on the road without valid licenses, registration or insurance, and equipment violations.