TPD Uses Seized DUI Car to Reach High School Kids During Homecoming Season
Robinson High School Students 1st to See New DUI Car
Dash cam video from DUI arrest will be available
WHAT: Robinson High School juniors and seniors will literally wear “beer goggles” for a better understanding of how alcohol can impair their judgment. DUI arrest video that led to the vehicle seizure will be available. A generous donation from the non-profit group 13 Ugly Men funded the wrapping of the seized vehicle to make it into an educational tool. Sharon Hall from MADD will also tell the students her story of losing her son in a 2008 drunk driving crash.
WHEN: October 19, 1:45 – 2:40 p.m.
WHERE: Robinson High School, 6311 South Lois Avenue, Tampa. Media check in at the front desk.
Robinson High School Students will experience first hand how alcohol can impair their judgment. DUI officers will visit the school with DUI goggles and TPD’s new DUI education car. With Homecoming season just around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity to remind the kids of the dangers of drinking and driving. The teenagers will test out the “beer goggles” to give them a better understanding on how their judgment is impaired at different levels of intoxication. They will literally walk the line as part of a standard field sobriety test.
Officers recently seized a Lexus from a drunk driver. The car is wrapped with a DUI education message. TPD’s new luxury wheels will serve as a rolling billboard of the consequences of drinking and driving. The students will learn about the man who was arrested for his 5th DUI before losing his car and serving jail time.
Patrick Deramus, 12/30/1948, was arrested September 29, 2010 on his 5th TPD DUI charge. Officers were conducting speed enforcement at Westshore Boulevard and Beach Park Drive when they observed Deramus driving 43 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. When they pulled him over, they smelled alcohol on his breath, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and he failed the field sobriety test. His driving privileges had also been revoked after his last DUI conviction. He was arrested and TPD seized his 2006 Lexus.
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