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WATCH OUT!!! FHP announces checkpoints to begin

WATCH OUT!!! FHP announces checkpoints to begin

The Florida Highway Patrol (“FHP”) recently announced that they will begin two (2) types of checkpoints. They will conduct either “Drivers License” or “Vehicle Safety Inspections” checkpoints. Pursuant to their policy (FHP Policy 17.07, attached at the bottom of this post) Troopers are authorized to conduct EITHER a Drivers license checkpoint OR a Vehicle Safety Inspection Checkpoint, not both and certainly not a combination of the two. The policy indicates that if FHP is conducting a Drivers License Checkpoint, they may ask for the following:

  1. Valid Drivers Licenses; and
  2. Vehicle Registration; and
  3. Valid proof of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance

They are not to exceed the scope of requesting these items. This means that any questions asked of you, other than to provide these items will exceed the scope of the checkpoint. If the FHP conducts the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checkpoint, the scope of the inspection is limited to the following items:

  • Horn
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Brakes
  • Tail Lamps
  • Directional Signals (turn signals)
  • Break lights
  • License plate lamp (tag light)
  • Headlights
  • Steering mechanism
  • Tires
  • Exhaust System
  • Other READILY visible equipment

They are prohibited, under their policy, from asking for drivers license or any other information from the driver during the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checkpoint. Both of these checkpoints are only to be conducted during the daytime and are not approved to be conducted during the night. The announced target areas for these checkpoints throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties are statistically strong areas where there are greater amount of individuals with insurance cancellations, driving while suspended charges or other violations.

In addition, if the Troopers have an articuable suspicion of an impaired driver, they can investigate the possibility of a DUI. If you utilize your RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT and hand the Troopers our business card with your drivers license, registration and insurance you will be well on your way to prevent the Troopers from violating your rights and conducting a non-consensual encounter. You do not have to answer ANY questions, let alone any incriminating questions such as: where you were coming from?, where you were going?, or how much you have had to drink?. Every defense attorney knows that law enforcement use checkpoints as a means to trap motorists into admissions against their best interest and ultimately arrest or considerable headaches.

Here is a list of the roadways that were published, pursuant to the media notification requirement:

Hillsborough County

US Highways: US-92, US-41, Bus 41, US-301

State Roads:

  • Adamo Dr/SR-60
  • Bearss Ave/SR-678
  • Brandon Blvd/SR-60
  • Busch Blvd/SR-580
  • Causeway Blvd/SR-676
  • College Ave/SR-674
  • Dale Mabry Hwy/SR-597/SR-573
  • Durant Rd/SR-676
  • Florida Ave/SR-685
  • Fowler Ave/SR-582
  • Harney Rd/SR-43
  • Henderson/SR-582
  • Hillsborough Ave/SR-600
  • Kennedy Blvd/SR-685
  • Nebraska Ave/SR-45
  • Progress Blvd/Falkenburg Rd/CR-676/Alt 676
  • SR-39
  • US-41/SR-599
  • 56th St/SR-583
  • SR-601

County Roads:

  • Balm Rd/CR-672
  • Broadway Ave/CR-574
  • Bruce B Downs Blvd/CR-581
  • Lithia-Pinecrest Rd/CR-640
  • Gunn Hwy/CR-587
  • Memorial Hwy/CR-576
  • Morris Bridge Rd
  • CR-579
  • CR-574A, 39B, 582A, and 584

Local Roads:

  • South Mobley Highway
  • Lutz Lake Fern Road
  • Wilsky Avenue
  • Linebaugh Avenue
  • Van Dyke Road
  • Barry Road
  • Livingston Avenue
  • Crenshaw Lake Road
  • 127 th Avenue
  • Skipper Road
  • County Line Road
  • Davis Road
  • Trapnell Road
  • Jap Tucker Road
  • Lithia Pinecrest Road
  • Williams Road
  • Harney Road
  • Symmes Road
  • Balm Road
  • Magnolia Lane
  • North Taylor Road
  • Pruett Road
  • Rhodine Road
  • McIntosh Road
  • Turkey Creek Road
  • Balm Riverview Road

Pinellas County

No Pinellas County checkpoint locations have been scheduled at this time.

Pasco County

US Highways: US-41, US-301

State Roads: 54, 52

County Roads: 1, 41, 52A, 77, 518, 575 577, 578, 579, 579A, 587, 587A, 595

Local Roads:

  • Key Lime Drive
  • Hudson Avenue
  • Shady Hills Road
  • County Line Road (Pasco/Hernando)
  • County Line Road (Hillsborough/Pasco)
  • Thys Road
  • Hays Road
  • Hicks Road
  • Lock Street
  • Moog Road
  • Mile Stretch Drive
  • Jasmine Boulevard
  • Madison Street
  • Old Dixie Highway
  • Moon Lake Road
  • Denton Avenue
  • Old Pasco Road
  • Foam Flower Boulevard
  • Dayflower Boulevard
  • Quail Hollow Boulevard
  • Boyette Road
  • Monteverde Drive

Hernando County

County Roads: 476, 480, 481, 484, 491, 493, 495, 541, 580, 572, 576, 581, and 597

Local Roads:

  • LaRose Road
  • WPA Road
  • Yontz Road
  • Kettering Road
  • Reynolds Road
  • Daly Road
  • Ridge Manor Boulevard
  • Grove Road
  • Horse Lake Road
  • Osowaw Road
  • Barrett Road
  • Polk County

Polk County

State Roads: 600, 700

County Roads: 35A, 540, 542, 546 557, 17A, 659, 655, 54, 542A, 580

Local Roads:

  • Pine Chase Avenue
  • Wabash Avenue
  • Thompson Nursery Road
  • Citrus County

Citris County

County Roads: 39, 470, 480, 486, 488, 490, 490A, 491, 494

Local Roads:

  • Highlands Street
  • West Cardinal Street
  • Century Boulevard
  • Elkcam Boulevard
  • West Pine Ridge Boulevard
  • Dunkenfield Road
  • Rock Crusher Road
  • North Croft Avenue
  • West Seven Rivers Drive
  • West Venable Street
  • Pleasant Grove Road
  • Green Acres Boulevard
  • Fort Island Trail
  • West Riverbend Road
  • Fishbowl Drive
  • Miss Maggie Drive
  • Gobbler Drive
  • North Citrus Avenue
  • Turkey Oak Drive
  • Dunklin Avenue
  • Yulee Drive West
  • North Citrus Springs Boulevard
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Turner Camp Road
  • Istachatta Road
  • West Highland Street
  • Halls River Road
  • Old Floral City Highway
  • Sumter County

Sumter County

State Roads: 35 and 471

County Roads: 44A, 48, 209, 229, 400, 412, 416, 437, 462, 466, 466A, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 475, 476A, 476B, 478, 478A, 501, 575, 647, 673, 696, 721, 723, and 747

Local Roads:

  • Buena Vista Blvd
  • Morse Blvd

Manatee and Sarasota counties are patrolled by a different Troop and the public information officer for Troop F says no driver license or vehicle inspection checkpoints are scheduled at this time.

You can read the full news article, written by Meredyth Censullo, at ABC ACTION NEWS by clicking here. Knowledge is the key to your freedom, please read our other Blog articles on Criminal and DUI Defense. If you, a friend or a loved one has been stopped for DUI, contact our experienced lawyers today by calling (941) 932-8007 | 855-DUI-DOGG or filling out our confidential, case evaluation submission form today for a free case evaluation.