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November 21, 2001

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris urges all motorists to help make the roadways safe this Holiday Weekend. The Sheriff's Traffic Safety and Enforcement Unit will not be off for Thanksgiving, and will depend largely on the eyes of the motoring public. Cellular telephone users may dial *SO, #OCSO, or *DUI to report impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, or other serious threats to public safety on the roads.

Through "Operation Fast Lane," the Sheriff's Traffic Unit targets the specific high-volume streets and highways where complaints of aggressive driving and impaired driving have been reported.

Motorists are reminded that Florida Law makes the driver responsible for the proper use of a child seat or seat belt for any children in the vehicle... even if the driver is not the child's parent. It is not legal for children to ride on a parent's lap. In Florida, children may use a regular seat belt beginning at age four.

Travelers should anticipate extremely heavy traffic and allow extra driving time. Fatigue and haste often lead to traffic crashes.

In the event of a crash, any vehicle blocking traffic should be removed from the roadway, if that can be safely done; drivers should not automatically wait for the arrival of law enforcement before moving any vehicles.

Additional traffic safety information can be found on the Sheriff's web page at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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