Tampa Police Take Drivers “Over the Line” to help Prevent DUIs

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WHAT:          Ybor City entertainment district visitors will be encouraged to cross “over the line” of police caution tape to get a closer look at a mock fatal crash scene.

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 8 p.m. to midnight

WHERE:       North 16th Street between East 6th Avenue and East 7th Avenue


The Tampa Police DUI Enforcement Unit has a new interactive tool it is using to educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.  DUI enforcement officers will unveil operation “Over the Line” for the first time in Ybor City on August 17.  Stepp’s Towing donated two vehicles to assist officers with re-creating an impactful scene of a fatal crash.  At the beginning of the event, Tampa Fire Rescue will utilize the Jaws of Life to demonstrate a vehicle extraction.

DUI officers will encourage onlookers to cross “over the line” of the police caution tape to take a closer look at the crash and ask questions.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to try on Fatal Vision goggles that simulate alcohol impairment, and to step inside the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile. Tampa Police Department’s Simulated Impaired Driving Experience Vehicle (SIDNE) will also be on display.

Each participant will leave the visual experience with a fact sheet containing statistics on impaired driving, along with vital safety information from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Tampa Alcohol Coalition. 


Janelle McGregor