FHP will be conducting a DUI Wolfpack detail Saturday, Oct. 31 around 11 p.m. that will carry on until about 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The patrol will encompass Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands, Manatee, and Hardee counties. The stated goal of the DUI patrol is to “maximize their visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from the roadways.”
In addition HCSO will be conducting Saturation Patrols from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Western Hillsborough County as part of their DUI Enforcement program. This area may include Westchase and Citrus Park and other areas in the part of Hillsborough County to the west of Tampa. The stations for this area known as District 3 by HCSO are located at Fountain Oaks and Town n’ Country.
How Much Alcohol Will it Take to Cast a Shadow on Your Halloween Fun?
According to Florida law, a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered impaired. That rate is even lower for drivers under 21, with a BAC of .02 being the limit for impairment under the law. Let’s keep Halloween fun – consider that it doesn’t take much to reach those limits when you are out haunting tonight and plan accordingly.
How to Avoid DUI Trouble This Halloween
As always, there are certain safety steps you can take before you set out for a night of partying. Here are tips offered by Sergeant Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol to steer clear of drunk driving related problems:
- Do not ride with an impaired driver.
- Do not let friends and family drive drunk.
- Plan ahead – before you drink: Have your preferred cab driver listed in your phone contacts or choose a designated driver in advance.
- Make sure your designated driver is completely sober, not just the least drunk.
To help keep the roads safe, Sergeant Gaskins asks you to dial *FHP from your cellphones if you encounter impaired drivers on the roads.
Car Towing Program Beats a DUI
CALL (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
The AAA and Bud Light partnership known as Tow 2 Go will be available this Halloween weekend from Friday, Oct. 30 through 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. The service is free. AAA drivers provide safe rides home for would-be impaired drivers who partake of the Halloween festivities in Tampa Bay. Here are a few details but see AAA’s Tow 2 Go page for more.
- Confidential ride within a ten mile radius to a safe location
- You do not need to be a AAA member to use the service and it’s free.
- The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home. (up to 2 people total)
Why Risk a DUI When You Can Ride With Uber, Lyft, Zingo, or Be My DD?
Uber & Lyft
Most of you are probably familiar with ridesharing services Uber & Lyft, but did you know they are getting credit for lowering the rate of DUI accidents and arrests in Tampa in Tampa and other areas? According to a report by Uber and MADD, DUI arrest rates dropped by more than 10% in one location studied. Think of it like this – getting a safe ride home could put you in that 10% of people avoiding a DUI arrest this Halloween. [View the report here.]
Zingo will show up to your location, drive you home in your car, then use the scooter they bring with them as their ride home. Zingo: 1-888-ZINGO-11
Be My DD
Be My DD allows you to schedule a personal driver by the hour, have your car taken home for you for $25 plus mileage, or schedule a driver for events. See their Tampa page to schedule a pickup or download the app. Or call 1-877-U-BEMYDD