HOLT, Fla., May 14, 2019–Some Okaloosa County drivers learned about school zone safety the hard way during a statewide safety program in April.
Okaloosa County accounted for two arrests and eight citations during the statewide Operations School Zone Safety April 22 to 26.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office participated in the operation, a strategic initiative focusing on high levels of patrols in school zones.
“We were eager to take part in this operation because it’s imperative the public understand how dangerous it is for our children when someone speeds or is distracted in school zones,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley.
Statewide, 4,040 warnings and 2,819 traffic citations were issued, 105 arrests were made, and 2,040 citizens were educated on traffic laws in school zones.
Of those numbers, in Okaloosa County, 18 warnings were issued for exceeding the posted school zone speed limit and nine were for passing a school bus stopped to pick up or unload children. Six citations for speeding and two for failing to stop for a school bus were issued.
Additionally, OOSO made two arrests during the operation.
The most common safety issues involved speeding and people passing school bus stop signals.
“It’s critical everyone follow the established traffic laws for school buses stopping to pick-up or drop-off students,” Ashely said. “The key is to pay attention and practice patience.”
The operation was sponsored by the Florida Sheriff’s Association Task Force.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release