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DUI least of charges at Pinellas sobriety checkpoint

Clearwater, Florida - The sheriff's office made 23 arrests during its DUI sobriety checkpoint overnight, but only one of them was for DUI.

The sheriff's office says 385 cars were diverted into the North County Traffic Court at 29582 U.S. Highway 19 north in Clearwater between 10 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. St. Patrick's Day. Sixteen of them were impounded.

The sheriff's office said 23 people were arrested on a total of 30 charges, and 25 citations were issued.

The breakdown:
7 Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
1 Unregistered Motor Vehicle
5 No Valid Driver's License
4 Possession of Alcohol Under 21
2 Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor
2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
2 Possession of Cocaine
1 Possession of Oxycodone
1 Possession of Marijuana
1 Violation of Business Purposes Only
1 Tampering with Evidence
1 No Motorcycle Endorsement
1 Introduction of Contraband into Pinellas County Jail.

The sheriff's office said the average time to check each car was 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

The goal of the sobriety checkpoint, the sheriff's office said, was to raise awareness that will help reduce injuries and save lives, as well as enforce the Sheriff's Office zero-tolerance for drinking and driving/drug consumption and driving.


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