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DUI Checkpoints in Tallahassee Already Bringing Results

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

There have been nine alcohol-related fatalities on Leon County roads so far this year and that's nine too many for local law enforcement.

The national campaign officially kicks off Friday, but, locally we're getting a head start.

The breathalyzer room in the Leon County Jail is the first stop for drunk drivers. Hundreds of impaired drivers have found themselves in this seat so far this year and local law enforcement say the scary fact is, they're not just nabbing these drivers after hours.

Sergeant Chris Chase says, “The other day a head on crash was a suspected DUI at two in the afternoon and we're really trying to focus on impaired drivers during the daytime."

Daytime checkpoints are going to be a part of the national "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign. It kicked off Wednesday night with the first checkpoint resulting in arrests and it will continue through Labor Day.

The campaign is just one part of the Leon County multi-agency DUI strike force's efforts to sober up local roads.

Sgt. Steve Gauding of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "I think we're making a difference. There are a number of ways you can measure that we have more enforcement on the streets. We do have a zero tolerance."

Tallahassee police have made 229 DUI arrests so far this year and the sheriff's office has made nearly 300. And another scary fact: they say that's only the tip of the iceberg, and a big reason why more officers are out searching for impaired drivers.

There will be two DUI checkpoints Thursday night, August 18, one at County Road 59 and Moccasin Gap Road, and the other at U.S. 319 at Chiles High School.


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