Florida DUI Challenge

The Florida Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have started the “2010 Florida DUI Challenge”. Any law enforcement departments in Florida, including Jacksonville, can participate in the program. There are six areas that are analyzed in the challenge. They are:

DUI Enforcement
DUI Policy
DUI Special Ops
Law Enforcement’s participation in DUI campaigns, national and local
Law Enforcement Training
Public Relations.

The stated goal of the program is to reduce the number of DUI homicides and crashes in Florida. The challenge keeps track of the number of DUI arrests of each agency from July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 and compares it to the previous year.

DUI checkpoints are also analyzed within this time period. A checkpoint is a planned mandatory traffic stop where drivers are stopped and checked for signs of impairment, such as red, watery eyes, odor of alcohol, and slurred speech. The police must have a detailed and written plan when they conduct these checkpoints.