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DUI Checkpoint Meant to Do More than Catch Drivers

A recent traffic stop in Pinellas County was used to do a little more than catch those that were driving after consuming alcohol that evening. A woman that lost her husband and her three children was present at the checkpoint, along with the remains of the car her family was driving when they were hit by a drunk driver. This served as a reminder that drinking and driving can do more than lead to jail time, but can irrevocably change many people's lives.

DUI Checkpoint Honors Family Killed By Drunk Driver

The woman's husband and sons were involved in a crash at a family reunion in 2010. Their car was hit by a car that ran a red light going over 85 miles per hour. The driver of the other car was determined to be driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, with a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit. The father and sons were killed as a result of the impact and the driver was sentenced to 44 years in prison.

While the checkpoint was also intended as a reminder that driving under the influence can affect more than one person, it also led to a total of eight arrests.

The charges for those stopped at the DUI checkpoint included:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Possession of alcohol of a person under 21
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving with a revoked license

Other drivers were issued citations for traffic infractions. Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Remove Intoxicated Drivers were also in the area to educate drivers stopped at the checkpoint.

Even if no one is injured, a DUI charge can carry long-standing consequences. If you or a loved one were stopped at a DUI checkpoint, contact a DUI defense attorney immediately.

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