HOLT, Fla., Feb. 6, 2019–The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on speeding in the north Okaloosa County area.
OCSO deputies have been stopping people in Baker as speeders blow through the 35-mph zone.
And drivers speeding through Holt is also an area that has OCSO’s attention.
In January, the OCSO announced it received a $30,000 grant from the Florida Depart of Transportation to help address speeding and aggressive driving.
According to an OCSO news release the money will be used to supplement traffic enforcement in problem areas throughout Okaloosa County through September 30.
“The focus of the grant is to work targeted areas of Okaloosa county that have been identified as high-traffic-crash, speeding-complaint locations identified from the results of FDOT traffic studies completed over the past five years,” said Capt. Larry Ward, OCSO North District Commander in an email.
Drivers traveling through Holt often ignore the 40 mph speed limit, especially when traveling from a 55-60 mph speed limit stretch of U.S. 90.
“U.S. Hwy 90 in the Holt community is one of the FDOT locations in the North District so the deputies are seeking voluntary compliance from the public in reducing speeding complaints and possible traffic crashes,” he said.
According to a news release, traffic safety is a top priority for the sheriff’s office
In 2018 the OCSO conducted nearly 20,000 traffic stops, responded to more than 6,600 traffic crashes and received more than 790 reports of intoxicated drivers as well as 202 reports of road rage.
Staff and OCSO release