Florida Highway Patrol conducting DUI checkpoint in Manatee

The Florida Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that it will be conducting a checkpoint in Manatee County on Dec. 29.

The checkpoint will focus on arresting impaired drivers, “thereby reducing the death, injury and property damage caused by alcohol and drug impaired drivers,” a media release said.

In 2009, there were 31 fatal crashes resulting in 33 deaths in Manatee, the release said. Of these crashes, eight involved an intoxicated driver,