Wolf Pack to Target Drunk Drivers in Pinellas
The wolf pack is dedicated to the memory of Hillsborough Deputy John Robert Kotfila Jr., who was killed by a drunk driver March 12, 2016 when he was hit head-on on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Pinellas County deputies, in partnership with officers from the Florida Highway Patrol and six police departments, will conduct a DUI wolf pack tonight (May 4), according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The wolf pack, which will include officers from the Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, and Gulfport police departments, will also maintain a proactive profile over the weekend on the highly-traveled roadways of Pinellas County.
The operation will begin at 7 p.m. today and continue until 5 a.m. Sunday (May 5).
The operation is part of the Pinellas County sheriff’s on-going commitment to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to impaired driving. The goal of the wolf pack is to educate people and create public awareness about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and any chemical or controlled substances.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chaplains Outreach Ministries, and the Suncoast Safety Council will be supporting law enforcement during the operation.
This wolf pack will be dedicated to the memory of Deputy John Robert Kotfila Jr. Deputy Kotfila was a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for six years. Deputy Kotfila was killed by a drunk driver March 12, 2016 when he was struck head-on on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. (For related story, click here.)
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting wolf packs continuously throughout the year.
Photo shows Hillsborough Deputy John Robert Kotfila Jr. Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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