DUI checkpoints coming to South Florida streets for Memorial Day weekend. What to know

The Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force plans high visibility enforcement throughout the county over the Memorial Day weekend to identify and apprehend impaired drivers.

The operation starts at 5 p.m. Friday for a 12-hour period. The enforcement will repeat Saturday night through 5 a.m. Sunday.

Here’s what to now:

Broward DUI details

What: The Broward Sherriff’s Office DUI Task Force says it’s setting up a sobriety and safety checkpoint during the holiday weekend.

Where: Throughout Broward County at unspecified areas.

When: The checkpoint runs from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Friday, May 26, and continues Saturday night, through 5 a.m. Sunday, May 28, according to BSO.

Reason: “The goal of the operation is to catch impaired drivers who pose an immediate danger to the public and cite traffic violators,” deputies said in a bulletin.

What about elsewhere in South Florida?

Miami-Dade County: Miami-Dade police are not planning a saturation checkpoint, said Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a department spokesman.

City of Miami: Miami police have not announced if it has Memorial Day plans regarding checkpoints and did not respond to a Miami Herald query. But Miami police did post water safety tips on Twitter given that Memorial Day lures a lot of boaters to South Florida waters.

Driving safety: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue released a holiday safety “Play it Safe” checklist:

Always wear your seat belt and make sure that all passengers do so as well. All infants and small children should be restrained in approved child safety seats.

Try to do most driving during daylight hours. Drivers under the influence are usually on the road after 9 p.m.

READ MORE: What time is the most dangerous to drive in Florida?

If your vehicle stalls on the highway, pull over to the shoulder and out of traffic lanes. Call for help and don’t attempt to repair it yourself along the roadway.

Always designate a safe driver that will not be drinking alcohol.

What’s happening on Florida Keys roads?

Enforcement on Overseas Highway: In the Florida Keys, a popular day trip destination on the long Memorial Day weekend, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies “will be out in force” county-wide through the three-day holiday weekend Saturday through Monday to supplement road patrol, especially on U.S.1, “to make sure people are driving safely.”

Is a visit to the Florida Keys on your agenda to take visitors this holiday weekend?
Is a visit to the Florida Keys on your agenda to take visitors this holiday weekend?