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December 28, 2004

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris offers some reminders and suggestions for motorists this holiday weekend:

Deputies will be alert for threats to public safety on the roads of Okaloosa County. The Traffic and Community Policing Units will be augmenting patrol shifts during peak hours to maximize law enforcement coverage and visibility. 

New Year's revelers should make "designated driver," "overnight stay," or other plans to avoid the dangers of drinking and driving. The same advice applies to tired and fatigued drivers.

Citizens should immediately report apparently impaired, aggressive, or reckless drivers by dialing *DUI, *SO, or *FHP on a cellular telephone.

Last year, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies conducted 168 traffic stops, responded to 32 reported traffic crashes, and arrested five drunk drivers during the 48 hours of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. New Year's Day was a Thursday last year; with a weekend holiday this year, the potential exists for even higher levels of activity. 

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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