The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking part in an initiative created by the Florida Sheriff’s Association called “Operation Safe Schools.” In the first week of operation, OCSO deputies reported 44 school zone warnings, 20 school zone citations, one pedestrian violation, and one school zone related stop which resulted in a felony narcotics arrest. The program’s goal is to protect students with increased patrols in school zones, at bus stops, and at crossing guards locations – and to increase public awareness about the need for vigilance now that school is back in session.
The OCSO Public Information Office is sharing school zone traffic safety tips via social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. One of the biggest issues of confusion for motorists involves when you must stop for a school bus. The following graphic has the basic rules:
Meanwhile a school zone related traffic stop August 18th resulted in the arrest of 23-year old Patrick Dunn of Fort Walton Beach on charges of driving with a suspended license (second offense), and possession of a controlled substance.
Deputies say when they stopped Dunn near Mary Esther Elementary School he admitted he had no drivers’ license and consented to a search of his car, which turned up suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.