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 April 19th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff announces "Operation Sundown" will continue throughout the next few months
 
Following Thursday's one-night concentrated traffic enforcement program called "Operation Sundown," St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said the operation will continue throughout the spring and summer.

"'The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office initiated Operation Sundown with saturation patrols Thursday night by the Sheriff's Office, Port St. Lucie Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol to curb aggressive driving," Sheriff Mascara said. "The goal was to encourage all drivers, including motorcycle riders, to obey traffic safety laws. We announced the operation in advance to put the emphasis on compliance."

The Thursday night operation concentrated on Indian River Drive, Airoso Boulevard and Floresta Drive and U.S.1 from Midway Road to Prima Vista Boulevard, the Sheriff said.

"All three law agencies made 140 contacts with drivers, ranging from verbal warnings to two criminal arrests, one of which was for marijuana possession," the Sheriff said. "Most of the 50 moving violations were for speeding."

Sheriff Mascara said Operation Sundown will continue with the goal of  ensuring motorists are aware of the need to follow traffic safety and speeding laws. "These laws are on the books for the protection of the public, and that's why we believe it's important to enforce them," said Sheriff Mascara.

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