The UCF Police Department, in partnership with Florida Highway Patrol, Orange County and Seminole County sheriff’s offices, will be amping up their efforts to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads Friday.
The agencies will be on the lookout for impaired drivers in the UCF area, according to reports.
This increase in patrols coincides with campus move-in and many students first night of freedom. Those suspected of driving under the influence will be pulled over and asked to complete a roadside sobriety test.
UCF PD and OCSO’s newly implemented program SNAP will also be in effect, and those violating drinking laws will be subject to written or physical arrests along with Office of Student Conduct referrals.
If arrested for DUI, drivers will be transported to OCSO’s blood-alcohol testing trailer, which is stationed near the Bright House Networks Stadium, for a breath sample before being taken to jail. Drivers under the influence who are under 21 will face consequences even if they are below the legal limit.
According to the release, “UCF PD’s goal is to reduce the crashes, injuries and fatalities that come from impaired driving, and police will have zero tolerance for those breaking the law.”
DUI checkpoints are roadblocks set up by law enforcement officials to check the sobriety of drivers in the vicinity. Officers will typically stop all or some of the vehicles to check for possible impairments, either by alcohol or drugs. Patrols are usually set up during times when people are most likely to be out drinking – late at night during the end of the week and on weekends.
If you have recently been arrested at a DUI checkpoint, it is in your best interests to speak with a Florida DUI Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. If you are convicted of DUI, the consequences can be severe, including the following potential penalties:
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Jail time
- Community service
- Substantial fines and fees
- Court ordered alcohol/drug treatment or classes
- Increased auto insurance premiums
Unfortunately, many DUI arrests are made based on inaccurate results, inexperienced officers and many other reasons that create bad legal situations for innocent people. At Whittel & Melton, we understand how a DUI arrest can affect your life, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and interests. We always strive to avoid or minimize the penalties that you are faced with. For a free consultation, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.