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For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 23-213




The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office conducted "Operation Stuffed," a multiple-agency initiative to combat driving under the influence from Wednesday, November 22, 2023, to Sunday, November 26, 2023.

“Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and loved ones. Concerns about road safety should not detract from the festivities. This is why the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has dedicated a specialized DUI unit to combat the issue of impaired driving,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

HCSO deputies partnered with the Tampa Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol to help ensure a safe holiday weekend for drivers across our county. Deputies patrolled the roads, targeting both drug and alcohol-impaired drivers.

"I express my gratitude to our exceptional deputies and collaborative partner agencies for their commitment to ensuring road safety during this holiday weekend. Many of them selflessly sacrificed time with their families to help ensure the safety of our community," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Although this holiday weekend has ended, the holiday season is just beginning. As you enjoy the celebrations of the season, I want to remind everyone to never drive under the influence. Please do your part in keeping our community safe. Let's all have a great holiday season."

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Operation Stuffed Results:

  • Traffic Stops- 279
  • ​Citations- 23
  • Warnings- 256
  • DUI Arrests- 44
  • DUI Hospital Cases- 3