SHALIMAR, Fla., Jan. 31, 2018–The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested two women who were driving on the wrong side of the road Jan. 27 in separate incidents.
Alcohol was a factor in both instances.
In the first incident, an OCSO deputy spotted a 31-year old Fort Walton Beach woman traveling nearly 80 miles per hour southbound in the northbound lanes on State Road 85 near the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport around 4:10 a.m.
She ran at least one car off the road during that time and the deputy said she emitted a strong odor of alcohol when he stopped her about a mile and a half after turning on his lights and siren.
The woman failed field sobriety tests.
While being booked on a charge of drinking under the influence and careless driving, booking officers say they found a green wrist band on her right arm that read “Drink Responsibly.”
The second incident happened around 10:45 p.m. when an OCSO sergeant was stopped at a red light at U.S. 98 and Airport Road in Destin.
Noticing a car heading south on Airport Road in the northbound lane, he quickly used his car to block the driver from entering U.S. 98.
Deputies say a 37-year-old from Destin, whose seven-year-old daughter was in the back seat, smelled of alcohol, but refused to perform field sobriety tests.
They also learned her license had been suspended due to a prior suspected DUI in November 2017 where she had also refused to do the tests.
She was charged with DUI, failure to provide a breath sample and driving with a suspended license.
Drunk drivers kill someone every 51 minutes in the United States, according to the Center for Disease control.
By law, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher are considered legally drunk. That equates to about four drinks.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips to keep drunk drivers off the roads:
- If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
- If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation, Uber, etc. Download the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s SaferRide mobile app which helps you identify your location and call a taxi or friend to pick you up.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take the keys and help arrange a sober ride home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
Staff and OCSO release