In an effort to combat DUIs and keep the roads safe, Pinellas County law enforcement agencies employ DUI Wolf Packs. During holidays and weekends when alcohol consumption is high, these wolf packs consist of specially trained officers who patrol the county with the objective of identifying and apprehending impaired drivers. Over Memorial Day Weekend 2022, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office county-wide DUI wolf pack reported 28 DUIs and over 150 citations.
The wolf packs are typically set up to have saturated patrols in areas of the county where drinking and driving are most common. These areas often include:
- 4th Street in St. Petersburg leaving downtown
- Gulf Boulevard from St. Pete Beach up to Indian Rocks Beach
- The Memorial Causeway leaving Clearwater Beach
- US 19 North
- The Ulmerton Road/US19 interchange
The general strategy is to pull over as many people as possible to cast a wider net for catching impaired drivers. Common traffic stops during these wolf pack saturation patrols include speeding, expired registration, failure to maintain a single lane, inoperative head or tail lights, stopping past a stop bar, and driving while license suspended or revoked.
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