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Jacksonville and Other Florida Drivers May See More DUI Checkpoints

Drivers in Jacksonville and other areas in Florida may see more saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints, according to a Florida Highway Patrol official. The reason is that a recent report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles showed that deaths from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents increased in 2007 by 13% (after decreasing from 2005 to 2006).

A saturation patrol occurs when Jacksonville Sheriff Office officers or other police flood an area to catch drivers who may be committing violations, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (aka DUI or DWI) or driving without wearing a seat belt. A DUI checkpoint is a police roadblock where the police stop every vehicle or periodic vehicles and investigate the driver for a DUI violation.