The deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Selective Traffic Enforcement Patrol (known as "STEP"), are dedicated solely to the enforcement of DUI laws. In 2009, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested 912 people for driving under the influence in Pasco County.
If you were arrested for DUI by an officer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm. We are focused on DUI defense including cases involving a breath, blood or urine test or a refusal to take the test. Call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.
After a DUI arrest it is important to contact an attorney with the first 10 days after the arrest so that you can demand a FORMAL review hearing to contest the administrative suspension of your driver's license. We can help you obtain a 42 day driving permit so you can get to work while we fight the suspension to get it removed from your driving record.
Pasco County STEP Officers
STEP uses six deputies supervised by a sergeant to actively enforce aggressive driving, drunk driving and other traffic laws in Pasco County. STEP also takes advantage of the traffic statistician, the Motor Unit and Patrol Operation, and the Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction Tactics (known as START) to determine the best use of additional law enforcement officers near high crash intersections.
The Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP) Unit is the night time traffic enforcement group focused on locating and apprehending drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. The officers on the STEP Unit responds to complaints from the Customer Service Unit about traffic violations to check on in their districts.
The officers on the STEP Unit have specialized training to conduct field sobriety exercises. Although the STEP Unit is primarily a patrol unit, the STEP Unit officers also setting up perimeters and conducting searches.
Several members of the unit have completed the training to become Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). As part of the Traffic Enforcement Section at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the unit also conducts saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints throughout Pasco County.
The Pasco County DUI Enforcement Mobile Unit
Watch the YouTube video on the Pasco County DUI Enforcement Mobile Unit used for DUI saturation patrols in New Port Richey on U.S. 19. The mobile unit is also used when the Sheriff's Office conducts DUI sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks in Pasco County. This video was filmed on late Saturday night, March 20, 2010.
Watch the video to learn insights from the officer's with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office STEP Unit for DUI Enforcement. See the inside of the DUI Mobile Unit used in roadblock or checkpoint cases. Hear a breath test technician give instructions to a suspect on how to blow into the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine.
Visit our main website for more information about fighting Pasco County DUI cases after an arrest in New Port Richey or Dade City.