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May 21, 2001

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Motorists normally dread the sight of flashing blue lights in their rear-view mirror, but some will be glad they got pulled over this holiday weekend.

On Sunday, May 27, members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Posse will be hitting the blue lights for some of the safest and most courteous drivers in Okaloosa County. The event, "Safe Drive 2001," is intended to promote safe driving habits at the beginning of the busy summer season. The promotion is marking its seventh year.

The event will be based at the parking lot of Etheridge Stadium, adjacent to Choctawhatchee High School on Racetrack Road from 10:00 until noon this Sunday. The radar display "SMART Trailer" will show the speed of approaching vehicles and uniformed members of the Sheriff's Posse will be patrolling in the vicinity in marked patrol cars, on the lookout for safe, courteous drivers. Some motorists will be asked to pull into the parking lot, where they will be awarded a "Safe Driver" certificate and a "goodie-bag" of prizes from local sponsors.

The Memorial Day Weekend event is organized by "The Radio People" (radio stations "Z-96," "99-Rock," "Country-105.5," "Coast-100," and "TalkRadio 1260-AM").

The event will be conducted by members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Posse, a volunteer group of citizens who have been trained and certified as Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officers. The more than 100 members of the Posse serve without pay, supporting the Sheriff's Office in a wide variety of functions.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer (850) 651-7420

...or... Steve Baldwin @ The Radio People 243-2323

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