Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas deputies to step up enforcement on land, water for Labor Day weekend

LARGO — Pinellas deputies will have an increased presence on roads and on the water this weekend as part of their annual Labor Day safety campaign, authorities said.

Officials hope their efforts will help reduce or eliminate injuries and deaths associated with holiday traffic and boating crashes.

Patrol deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will be looking for impaired or reckless drivers, while members of the agency's marine and environmental lands unit will be out over the holiday weekend promoting boating safety. As part of the operation, deputies will be on the lookout for intoxicated boaters or people operating vessels with recklessness.

Boats will be stopped and deputies will perform safety equipment inspections to look for life jackets, a flotation cushion, a sound-making device such as a whistle or horn and a working fire extinguisher.

Kids wearing life vests will receive free T-shirts for adhering to safety regulations as part of "Operation Kid Float," the Sheriff's Office said.

Life vests will be available for loan at Don's Dock located at 215 128th Ave. E in Madeira Beach on John's Pass.

Deputies will also have life vests on their boats and will hand them out as needed after safety equipment inspections. They should be returned at the PCSO Marine Facility drop-off bin at 19305 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores.

The Florida Highway Patrol has announced its troopers will also be out in larger numbers this weekend.

Pinellas deputies to step up enforcement on land, water for Labor Day weekend 09/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 2:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays set to activate Tommy Hunter from DL


    The Rays plan to activate RHP Tommy Hunter from the DL for Thursday's series finale against the Angels.

  2. Reporter says Republican candidate in Montana body-slammed him (w/video)


    HELENA, Mont. — Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the nationally watched special election. Authorities said late Wednesday that Greg Gianforte has been cited for misdemeanor assault over incident with …

    Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Mont., in March. [Associated Press]
  3. Culpepper falls just short on 'Survivor' finale

    Human Interest

    In the end, Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper fell just short, and the ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer lost Survivor: Game Changers and the $1 million prize to Sarah Lacina, a police officer from Iowa.

  4. Families dispute claims that slain Tampa Palms roommates shared neo-Nazi beliefs


    TAMPA — Andrew Oneschuk never liked making small talk on the phone, his father said, but the last time the two spoke, something seemed off.

    Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman lived in a Tampa Palms apartment with Devon Arthurs and Brandon Russell. Oneschuk and Himmelman reportedly planned to move out.
  5. Brad Culpepper makes it to final 3 on Survivor, but jury picks Sarah

    The Feed

    UPDATE, WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Tampa's Brad Culpepper make it to the final 3 on Survivor, but jurors chose Sarah as the winner of the $1 million.

    Original report follows:

    "The Tables Have Turned" - Brad Culpepper, Tai Trang and Hali Ford on the fourth episode of SURVIVOR: Game Changers on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey Neira/CBS Entertainment