MANATEE -- A county-wide DUI saturation patrol working in conjunction with a national DUI crackdown resulted in 10 arrests and 30 citations, according to the Manatee Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's Traffic Unit conducted the patrol in conjunction with the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national DUI effort from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release.
A total of 10 arrests were made: six for DUI, three for other misdemeanors and one for other felony. A total of 30 citations were issued: 25 for unlawful speed and five for other traffic violations. Deputies also issue three written warnings.
More than 17,000 people are killed annually and 305,000 people are injured as a result of impaired drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Studies reveal that this violation is committed 80 times per year -- once every four to five nights -- by the average DUI driver, the sheriff's office said. An alcohol related fatality occurs every 30 minutes, according to national averages. These incidents cost society over $54 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, damages and other expenditures.