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September 28, 2001

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has unveiled almost $100,000 worth of new equipment obtained in recent months from Traffic Safety grants won by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Department of Transportation has recognized the Sheriff's pro-active approach to aggressive driving and other threats to traffic safety by awarding two grants during the current fiscal year. The grants have financed two new high-speed traffic interceptor patrol cars, one of which is unmarked; plus three state-of-the-art radar units; a message display board; and an un-marked, automated, radar unit to collect valid and reliable data in problem areas.

The equipment is being used by the Sheriff's Traffic Safety and Enforcement Unit as part of its ongoing "Operation Fast Lane." The operation targets aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and other serious threats to public safety on the roads of Okaloosa County.

A new Florida Statute creating an officials definition of "Aggressive Careless Driving" takes effect next Monday (October 1). The new law contains a list of six traffic violations; any driver committing any two or more of those violations simultaneously or in succession will be considered an "Aggressive Driver." The new law is intended for statistical tracking purposes, it does not create a new offense for charging purposes. Violators will continue to be cited under the existing laws against Speeding, Improper Lane Change, Following too Closely, Failure to Yield, Improper Passing, or Violating Traffic Control Devices.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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