Pensacola– The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint”, Friday, December 30, 2016. The Roadside Safety Checkpoint will begin between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. The checkpoint location will be on State Road 10 (US Hwy 90) just west of Avalon Road, in Santa Rosa County. There will be approximately thirty (30) uniformed officers participating, as well as support personnel from the Emerald Coast MADD Chapter.

During the operation, vehicles will be stopped to check for driver impairment. Should impairment be detected, roadside sobriety testing will be performed on site. Warning devices will be placed in strategic locations for the safety and protection of the public.

Reducing the deaths and injuries associated with impaired drivers is of the utmost importance to the Florida Highway Patrol. These checkpoints have been useful in removing impaired drivers from our public streets and highways. State Road 10 (US Hwy 90) is a main arterial route for motorist traveling through Santa Rosa County and in east/west directions. Through the use of Roadside Sobriety Safety Checkpoints, we hope to merge public education, safety and enforcement to achieve a reduction in the deaths and injuries associated with impaired drivers. Please remind the public to utilize *FHP (*347) if they come in contact with what they believe is an impaired driver.

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