(September 28, 2015)- The Cape Coral Police Department conducted its fourteenth (14th) High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation focused on impaired drivers on Saturday night. The operation was a 2-officer saturation patrol that as conducted citywide. The results of the operation are as follows:
ARRESTED: Adam Taylor Gillstrap (W/M 4-09-81), of 416 Paulcrest Ave, Lehigh Acres, FL.
Total Traffic Stops: 10
Speed Citations: 2
Seatbelt Citations: 0
Moving Citations: 4
Non-moving Citations: 1
Open Container Driver: 0
Open Container Passenger: 0
.02 Violation: 0
Criminal Citations: 2
Citations Total: 9
DUI Arrests: 1
Motorcycle DUI Arrests: 0
Other Arrests: 0
Total Arrests: 1
Saturday's operation is the last in a series of High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations the Cape Coral Police Department conducted since being awarded a $45,000 grant by the Florida Department of Transportation in May.
Operations began on June 6th with the first citywide traffic saturation operation. In the weeks following, eleven (11) additional traffic saturation patrols and two (2) DUI checkpoints were conducted with the ultimate goal to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities attributable to impaired driving. Since operations began almost seventeen (17) weeks ago, sixty-one (61) arrests have been made by Officers conducting these operations, forty-seven (47) of which were for DUI.
"It has been a deadly year on Cape Coral roadways, with ten (10) fatality crashes so far; eight (8) of which are drug or alcohol-related. The grant by the FDOT made these operations possible, allowing the Cape Coral Police Department to take a proactive and very visible approach to curbing impaired driving."- Sergeant Patrick O'Grady, Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Unit.
Cape Coral Police noticed tremendous chatter on social media about the HVE operations. "We would see hundreds of shares on Facebook and retweets on Twitter every time we announced one, reaching tens of thousands of people online. People were letting their friends know to take a cab, an Uber, or to have a designated driver. It brought the discussion of drunk driving to the forefront. That's exactly what we wanted." Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
The Cape Coral Police Department has re-applied for the FDOT grant for fiscal year 2016.
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