Tampa police are already some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to patrolling for DUI’s. And with the receipt of recent grant money, the city just got stricter. In fact, the entire county just got stricter as it relates to patrolling for DUI’s. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Tampa police, in addition to Hillsborough and Pasco County Sheriff’s offices each received grants aimed specifically at increasing driving under the influence patrols.
With the $127,000 grant money, the Tampa police departments hope to increase local DUI arrests by five percent and decrease DUI-related crashes by ten percent over the next nine months. Currently, Tampa has fifteen designated DUI patrol officers in rotation. The majority of Tampa’s grant money will be used to increase DUI patrols on popular drinking weekends, such as spring break, Super Bowl Sunday and Fourth of July. Hillsborough County plans to use some of their money to create a campaign aimed at curbing underage drinking.
The Tampa Bay Times quotes Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis, “It’s so preventable. And there are so many resources, there’s no excuse.” Davis also notes that very few of the drunk drivers arrested in Tampa have high blood alcohol levels. “Most are what you’d consider ‘buzzed driving.’ You think you’re okay because you’ve only had a couple of drinks over a couple of hours.”
If you have a BAC level of .08 or above in Tampa, police will more than likely charge you with a DUI. But did you know that if your BAC is as low as .05, the police will still try to charge you? As the article notes, police are not only on patrol for extremely intoxicated drivers but those drivers that just had a couple drinks at dinner. When possible, choose a designated driver that has not had anything to drink during your time out or call a taxi. Knowing that the police are looking for you now more than ever should be enough encouragement to not drive.
A Tampa DUI conviction is serious business. Here are some of the potential punishments you may face:
- Community Service
- Victim Impact Panel
- License Suspension
- Vehicle Impound
The more DUI’s you receive, the harsher the punishments. The Florida legislature designed DUI sanctions with the goal of punishing and also deterring any future DUI offenses.
If you have recently been arrested for a DUI in Tampa, you should get in touch with a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. The law firm of Finebloom & Haenel P.A. has the years of experience you will want on your side. Not only do we know the law but we are also very familiar with the local police and court system. We will work hard to get you the best results possible and will also let you know what is going on with your case at every step. Give us a call today for an obligation-free consultation.