for immediate release
July 3, 2002

N E W S   R E L E A S E

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is asking for citizen assistance to help assure a safe Independence Day Holiday on local roads.

Motorists who witness drivers who appear to be drug or alcohol impaired, are driving recklessly or aggressively, or otherwise posing an immediate threat to public safety should report such incidents to law enforcement without delay. Many cellular phones will reach the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office 24-hour communications center by dialing *SO or #OCSO. Other toll-free calls for law enforcement assistance include *FHP and *DUI.

Last month, Okaloosa Deputies made at least ten DUI arrests as a direct result of reports from citizens via cellular telephone.

Okaloosa Deputies will be on the alert for motorists who pose a threat to public safety, as well as seat belt and child restraint violations. The Sheriff's Traffic Enforcement and Safety Unit will be concentrating its manpower this holiday period on the very busy Highway 98 corridor for its entire 20-mile length through Okaloosa County.


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420