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Top 10 DUI Arrest Locations for a DUI in Tampa

The DUI enforcement unit with the Tampa Police Department (TPD) has developed certain favorite areas to look for individuals who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, for many years the TPD's website listed the top 10 locations for a DUI arrest in Tampa.

DUI enforcement officers will often conduct traffic stops at locations outside of bars where the officers are more likely to encounter drivers who have been drinking. During these routine traffic stops, the DUI investigation often feels like a setup.

In fact, the DUI enforcement officers will routinely patrol the same areas or wait for individuals who are leaving bars or other local attractions where alcohol is served. The majority of arrests made by TPD occur after routine traffic stops in these areas within the Tampa city limits:

  • SOHO - Howard Avenue just South of Kennedy Blvd;
  • Channelside District;
  • Howard Avenue (Kennedy to I-275);
  • Dale Mabry (Martin Luther King to Hillsborough Avenue);
  • Tampa Palms area;
  • Nebraska Avenue (Waters to Fowler);
  • Courtney Campbell Causeway;
  • Ybor City;
  • MacDill Avenue (Kennedy to Columbus); and
  • Kennedy Blvd (Dale Mabry to Westshore).

Top Five Places in Tampa for the Last Drink Before a DUI Arrest

After an arrest for DUI, each person will be asked where they consumed their last alcohol beverage prior to being booked into the jail. Statistics related to those responses are included in the Hillsborough County Last Drink Survey which named these vendors as the top five placed named in 2014:

  1. MacDinton's
  2. The Kennedy
  3. Peabody's
  4. G Bar/Fusion
  5. Liquid

DUI enforcement officers with the Tampa Police Department often have extra officers stationed near these locations.


Finding an Attorney for a DUI with the Tampa Police Department

If you were arrested for a DUI in Tampa, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients after a breath test, urine test, blood test, or a refusal to submit to chemical testing.

Our DUI defense attorneys understand the tactics used by DUI enforcement officers with the Tampa Police Department. We are familiar with the standard operating procedures used in these cases and how to exploit any mistakes made by the officer.

Call 813-250-0500.


This article was last updated on Friday, August 18, 2017.