Pinellas deputies looking for intoxicated drivers this weekend

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.

Pinellas deputies looking for intoxicated drivers this weekend 12/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 4:39pm]

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