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DUI Checkpoints on U.S. 19 This Weekend

All southbound traffic will go through the overnight checkpoint. Find out the details.

It's never a good idea to drink and drive. Those who take the risk this weekend may very well find out just how bad it can be.

The Belleair Police are joining several other agencies to support St. Petersburg Police officers conducting a massive DUI/Safety Point check on U.S. 19. All southbound traffic on 34 Street North (U.S. Highway 19) will be diverted
into the check point

The checkpoint goes into action Friday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 p.m. It ends at 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

The DUI/Safety Point operation will take place in the parking lot of the
Publix Supermarket, 1700 34th Street North, St. Petersburg.

Several local law enforcement agencies will assist during the operation,
including the Florida Highway Patrol, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office,
Gulfport Police Department, Kenneth City Police Department, Pinellas Park
Police Department and the Belleair Police Department.

During the operation, the St. Petersburg Department will utilize the fully
equipped Chevrolet Tahoe awarded to the Department's DUI Unit by the Florida
Department of Transportation and the Florida Public Safety Institute for their
exemplary efforts in DUI enforcement.

The Chevrolet Tahoe with it's "Over the Limit - Under Arrest" markings also serve as a visual reminder to drivers and encourage everyone to refrain from drinking and driving during the holiday season.

Philip Penrose December 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
ALL traffic will be diverted and checked? I don't see the logic of putting all of those recsources in one spot for almost 6 hours.
CJ December 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I am glad they post this warning and the info on where/when it will be...but it somehow does not make sense that the informed people, such as those who read this Patch article, will have an advantage over other drivers. Wouldn't this be more fair if it's exact time and place and direction of travel were kept a secret? My wife's Christmas party for her job is that night, We are not heavy drinkers, but it is safe to say we may have a couple drinks...so I definitely will be avoiding this route...lol! When I read they will be stop ''southbound'' traffic, I was thinking it would be better if it were for ''northbound'' traffic. Then, the police could also more likely bust the people leaving the South St Pete area that just bought drugs at that time of night:)
Bill Bennington December 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
All it is just another way to make a buck. Why don't they ticket all the jay walkers on the street. There is a law against that just as well as for drinking and driving. Every city there will be making money off this DUI check or they wouldn't all be there as St. Petersburg has way more then enough officers to man a DUI check point and keep it moving fluidly. Just another way to take your money. Should be out catching child molesters and rapists!

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