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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to conduct joint sobriety checkpoint this weekend
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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to conduct joint sobriety checkpoint this weekend

Pinellas Count, Florida -- In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries, deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Pinellas County.

At the checkpoint, Patrol, Community Policing and Narcotics deputies will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Along with impaired drivers, deputies will be looking for driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Bus will be used for breath testing and the processing of arrested individuals.

This Friday's checkpoint is dedicated to Yvonne Myers. On June 18, 1992, 18-year-old Myers left her home to meet her friends at the movies. She got into a car with her friend Matt, who was driving. Matt had been drinking and was impaired. Matt ran a red light at US Highway 19 and Drew Street and was struck by a car passing through the intersection. Yvonne, who was in the front passenger seat, was flown to a local hospital and died from her injuries.

The checkpoint will be located near 31975 US Highway 19 N. in Palm Harbor. The Sheriff's Office will be diverting northbound traffic from US Highway 19 N. The checkpoint will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013 and will end at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, October, 19, 2013.

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