The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and six other law enforcement agencies were honored Tuesday for pioneering the "Eye on DUI" videotaping program. The program, which started a year ago, involves using video cameras for on-the-road taping of drunken drivers. In most cases, people who have been videotaped and then arrested plead guilty without going to trial, according to law enforcement officials.
In November 1990, Aetna Insurance Co. and local chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) donated 14 video cameras to record suspected drunken drivers in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Cameras were supplied to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Pinellas and Pasco sheriff's offices and the police departments in Kenneth City, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas Park and Treasure Island. They received Aetna's Eye on DUI Trail Blazer's Award on Tuesday at the old County Courthouse.