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November 19, 2004

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Last holiday season, law enforcement removed more than 100 intoxicated drivers from the roads of Okaloosa County. Once again, the holiday season is here and various law enforcement agencies will be committed to public safety and education on Florida's roadways. Sheriff's Deputies and other local law enforcement officers teamed up with Destin Commons to hold the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Press Conference this morning (Thursday). Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris; Chief Ron Bishop, Fort Walton Beach Police Department; Major Randy Brown, Florida Highway Patrol; Lois Hoyt, Congressman Jeff Miller's Office and City of Destin Mayor, Craig Barker, all spoke on the importance of seat belt usage, child restraints, impaired and aggressive driving.

To encourage the use of child safety seats and seat belt usage, the City of Destin, in partnership with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office proclaim November 18th thru the 25th as "Buckle Up Destin Week." Sheriff Charlie Morris urges all motorists to help make Okaloosa County roadways safe for the holidays and deputies will be alert for traffic safety violations. Citizens who observe threats to public safety should contact law enforcement immediately by dialing *SO, *FHP, *DUI, or by calling the 24-hour non-emergency number for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 651-7400 or 689-5705.

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for more information, contact Catherine Dokey, Community Relations Coordinator

(850) 651-7153

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