Tampa Police Marine Patrol Partner with Local, State and Federal Agencies to Keep Waterways Safe during Gasparilla First time FWC will utilize its mobile blood alcohol testing trailer to expedite DUI and BUI arrests
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Major Sophie Teague talks about the Tampa Police Department's role in making sure boaters are safe during the 2011 Gasparilla Invasion.
What: Tampa Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will discuss boater do's and dont's for the Gasparilla Invasion.
When: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Tampa Convention Center Dock, 333 South Franklin Street, Tampa
The Tampa Police Department along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), U.S. Coast Guard, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Sarasota Police Department, New Port Richey Police Department, St. Pete Beach Police Department, Temple Terrace Police Department and University of South Florida Police Department will have officers proactively patrolling Tampa Bay waterways during the Gasparilla invasion. For the first time, FWC will have its "B.A.T. Mobile" on site to administer field sobriety tests more efficiently. The portable trailer will be stationed on land in a central location that marine officers can easily access. There will be a zero tolerance policy in effect for boating under the influence.
The marine units will also conduct boating safety checks and provide safety tips to boaters who are attending the waterway invasion.
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