NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - TRAFFIC STOP SAFETY

In light of recent events involving someone posing as a law enforcement officer in an unmarked car in Escambia County, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind drivers of some safety tips.

    Many agencies, including the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, have several unmarked cars in use. This includes some members of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. Most officers conducting stops are in full uniform and all officers carry identification on them also.

     If you're unsure that it is a police officer in an unmarked car stopping you, you should put on your hazard lights, slow down, and continue to the next nearest public, well-lit area to pull over. In the county's jurisdiction, you can also call 651-7400 or 689-5705 and dispatchers can confirm that a deputy is behind you since all attempted traffic stops are reported to Communications.

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