ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Dozens of officers were on the hunt from drunk and high drivers Friday night as part of a massive DUI crackdown. More than 50 officers were involved in the patrol across Orange County.
Among them was Bill DeMott, who lost his daughter, Keri Ann, to a drunk driver in 2015. He’s ridden along with many patrols like this since she died.
“They protected my daughter. They brought her home. I have to do something,” said DeMott.
Stories like his are what encourage these officers to get drunk drivers off the streets.
“They're going to get caught, and we're going to keep them alive and keep others alive as a result,” said UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger.
It’s all an effort to fight for Bill DeMott, his family and other victims like them.
“The hardest thing to do is to come here and do this patrol because they're going to stop someone and I'm going to see it. My daughter's doing it. I'm her father. I just get to be her voice.”
Another DUI crackdown is planned for next month. Chief Metzger says they usually make dozens of arrests on DUI nights like this.