New Year’s Eve Patrol


DeFuniak Springs, FL (December 30, 2009) –

Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. wants to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. Sheriff Adkinson wants to remind folks not to drink and drive, and take a little extra time to get to your destination with so many folks on the roadways over the upcoming three-day holiday weekend.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office plans to have extra personnel assigned to work traffic enforcement with an emphasis on looking for impaired drivers. Additional executive and command staff will augment normal patrol operations. Chief of Special Operations and Support Division, Captain Graham Fountain, says “the traffic unit will have zero tolerance when it comes to driving under the influence, aggressive driving, and excessive speed. We want residents and visitors alike to have a good time, but not to endanger themselves or others on the highway”.

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind the public that most fireworks are “illegal” in Florida. The rule of thumb is if it shoots into the sky, or explodes then it’s generally not allowed. Sparklers are permitted, but should be used under parental supervision. Those who shoot off illegal fireworks could face a citation.

Nationwide, New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will do everything in its power to provide a safe environment for folks’ to ring in a safe 2010.