OCSO urges people to think safety over the Memorial Day weekend

Special To The Log

Expect big crowds and plenty of traffic beginning tomorrow as Memorial Day Weekend gets kicked off. Our roadways and waterways will be full of people planning to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Unfortunately, there is also an increased risk of crashes and crash-related injuries or fatalities.

Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling Okaloosa County during Memorial Day Weekend to locate and arrest impaired drivers and remove them from our roadways. Arrests for DUI and boating under the influence will be made with zero tolerance.

Some of the common causes of crashes are: Speeding, following too closely, running red lights, making unsafe lane changes, careless driving, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office asks that drivers obey the speed limit, drive with patience and tolerance for other drivers, don’t text and drive, drive defensively, wear your safety belt, and make sure children are using appropriate child restraints. Boaters are asked to be extra vigilant and have flotation devices handy.

We also ask the persons who plan to drink and party this weekend, to use a taxi or designated driver to get home. Remember, “When you plan for the party, plan your safe ride home first!”

You can report unsafe or impaired drivers or boaters by calling the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 651-7400 or 689-5705 or 9-1-1.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!