(August 23, 2015)- Cape Coral Police made five arrests Saturday night during its seventh impaired driving enforcement operation since being awarded a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The grant was awarded to the Cape Coral Police Department to reduce traffic crashes, serious bodily injuries, and fatality crashes that are attributable to impaired driving. The grant provides $45,000 to offset the cost these High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations.
From 2012—2014 the City saw a 14% increase in traffic crashes. More alarming, is the number of alcohol related deaths and serious bodily injuries that occur each year. On average from 2012 to 2014, in 40% of the traffic homicide investigations (THI) and serious bodily injuries (SBI), alcohol was a factor. The total number of THIs and SBIs doubled from 2012 to 2014.
In 2014 Cape Coral saw the highest number of DUI arrests (203) occur between the hours of 12:00 am and 4:00 am. Of the 445 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests that occurred throughout all three districts in Cape Coral, (North, Central, and South), 210 or 47% occurred in the South District. The South District of Cape Coral is everything south of Veterans Memorial Parkway and is comparable in both population and area to Sarasota, Florida.
Operations will continue through September 30, 2015.
Link to original news release: Cape Coral Police Department Awarded Grant; Begins DUI Enforcement Operations
The results of the operation are below:
ARRESTED: Carlos Arellano-Ortiz (W/M 4-11-76) of 2722 Blue Cypress Lake Ct., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: DUI, No DL
ARRESTED: Edward Joseph Sands (W/M 7-29-70) of 315 Wood Rd., Wyalusing, PA.
ARRESTED: Brittany Marie Wheeler (B/F 7-06-91) 9846 Bernwood Place Dr., Fort Myers, FL.
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ARRESTED: Barbara Mary Ackroyd (W/F 05-29-56) of 2511 SW 23rd Place, Cape Coral, FL.
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ARRESTED: Amanda Rachelle Heinrich (W/F 04-20-86) of 414 NE 15th Ave., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Reckless Driving/DWLSR
Total Traffic Stops: 26
Speed Citations: 2
Seatbelt Citations: 1
Moving Citations: 2
Non-moving Citations: 4
Open Container Driver: 0
Open Container Passenger: 0
.02 Violation: 0
Criminal Citations: 7
Citations Total: 16
DUI Arrests: 4
Motorcycle DUI Arrests: 0
Other Arrests: 1
Total Arrests: 5
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