ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Law enforcement officers will be increasing their patrols over the holiday weekend in an attempt to stop drunk drivers, especially after the recent finding that DUI arrests have increased in Central Florida.
Reports say that the total number of people arrested on charges of DUI in Orange, Osceola and Brevard counties totaled 1,636 by this time last year. So far this year, the total number of DUI arrests is approximately 1,710.
You can expect extra patrols in full force Friday night during a "DUI Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol" hosted by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Silver Star Road from Evans High School into Ocoee is one of the many areas that will be targeted. Deputies from more than a dozen agencies will be looking for violations in Orange County through this holiday weekend.
At the same time last year, Orange County had 518 DUI arrests, including 34 people who were 18-20 years old. This year, there have been 535 DUI arrests in Orange County, with 49 of those being 18-20 years old.
This is a collaborative effort to keep our streets clear of drunk drivers. Drive sober or get pulled over!