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Law enforcement on the watch for DUI drivers on area roads

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 03, 2017

While many people are enjoying the long holiday weekend, law enforcement is working hard to keep drivers safe. Patrols are increasing tonight throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The big reminder is to drive sober. 

There will be law enforcement officers on the road in search of DUI drivers. 

Expect DUI Wolf Pack patrols throughout Hillsborough County tonight.

And in Pinellas County, the Sheriff's Office is teaming up with police departments in Clearwater, Gulfport, Largo, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.

The Wolf Pack operation will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday and go until 3 a.m. Monday.

The Florida Highway Patrol will also hold a DUI Wolf Pack operation, focusing on State Road 589, also known as the Veterans Expressway, in Hillsborough County and S.R. 570, or Polk Parkway in Polk County.

State troopers also are keeping an eye on drunk drivers on Interstate 75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

To demonstrate the cost of drinking and driving, the Lakeland Police Department posted a series of photos on the Lakeland P.D. Facebook page of people who lost their lives due to the actions of intoxicated drivers.

The police department asks motorists to think about those victims before they drink then climb behind the wheel of a car. They say each one of the victims has a family and friends whose lives were forever changed. 

AAA is offering its free "Tow to Go" program this weekend. For service, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.