Sarasota News Leader

02/07/2014

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In January, saturation patrols by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office resulted in 18 DUI arrests and 349 citations for other traffic offenses, the office reported this week. The Sheriff's Office "conducts monthly satura- tion patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or impaired drivers from local roadways to keep motorists safe," a news release explains. The latest numbers do not include DUI arrests made during the month outside these specific initiatives, the release points out. Saturation patrols are conducted instead of what is referred to as a "DUI Checkpoint," the release adds. The patrols include a number of Patrol and Traffic unit deputies working targeted zones at the same time to monitor driving activity, it says. "Because of their design," the release notes, "saturation patrols are mobile and take place in different areas of the county." This month, the release continues, patrols began on Feb. 1 and 2 and will subsequently be held on Feb. 8, 15, 16 and 22. This initiative is conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and supported through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the release adds. % 349 CITATIONS RESULT FROM JANUARY SATURATION PATROLS "Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul." — Democritus Sarasota News Leader February 7, 2014 Page 91

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