Stepped-up DUI patrols in Martin County over the 4th of July weekend

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is targeting drunk drivers over the July 4th weekend.

The sheriff calls it a countywide DUI saturation.

Instead of using checkpoints, more than 50 deputies will be on patrol at all times of the day looking just for drunk drivers.

They will be patrolling along the smallest side roads to the larger intersections. They will be doing their best to make sure the majority of the county is covered, even on the water.

The increased enforcement kicked off Thursday afternoon with the help of the Florida Highway Patrol, Jupiter Island police and Stuart police.

"In a saturation patrol like this, people won't have a head’s up such as a checkpoint to avoid. All roadways will be suspect. All traffic patterns and all intersections are going to be monitored. There won't be any safe place to drive DUI in Martin County this weekend,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.

The sheriff's office says because of its success with DUI control last year it also won a new tool from Tallahassee to use for the first time this weekend. It's a new lighting tower for use at command posts to make sobriety tests safer and easier.