The police will increase patrols on the weekend of July 4



WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – Whether you’re going to the beach, a barbecue, or a fireworks display, this July 4th weekend you’ll be one of the millions on the road.

“The traffic is going to be bad,” said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr.

With more people on the road, there is a greater risk of accidents.

Adkinson said recent fatalities in the county underscore the need for safe driving.

“But we’re just asking for patience, there will be a lot of apps, a lot of MPs will be working, but we still need people to take personal responsibility for their conduct,” Adkinson said.

With hundreds of thousands of people coming to Walton County alone, navigating the roads won’t be easy.

“We have our band people there, the code enforcement is going to be there as well as our assistants,” Adkinson said.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Jason King said it was important to stay focused on the roads.

“With the increase in the number of vehicles we are also going to have an increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists and our job is to keep everyone on the road safe,” King said.

King said that instead of speeding up, people need to remember to think about the traffic and leave early.

“We have noticed that the speed over the past 12 years has increased by almost 267% for drivers exceeding the posted limit of 50 miles per hour, which is very dangerous,” King said.

Plan ahead to make sure your July 4th is safe.

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