Tuesday, May 29, 2007 -- There were no traffic fatalities in St. Lucie County during the Memorial Day weekend, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"We had extra deputies on the road to enforce all traffic laws," Sheriff Mascara said, "and motorists got the message. After four days of concentrated enforcement, the Traffic Unit made 10 drunk-driving arrests and issued 153 traffic citations for various violations, including 97 for unlawful speed. Deputies also issued 72 written warnings, correction cards, and verbal warnings."
Sheriff Mascara said: "Our primary goal was to create a law enforcement presence to reduce serious injuries and traffic fatalities. The results from the weekend indicate that we achieved our goal. When we take a drunk driver off the streets through an arrest, we are saving lives and preventing injuries that driver might have caused to himself or to others."
The top speed recorded by deputies was on Monday, when deputies laser-clocked a 2005 Pontiac GTO driven by Vishal Bhatia, 31, from Tamarac, at 125 mph. Deputies arrested him for reckless driving. When asked why he was going so fast he replied "I'm just going North (on I-95.)"
Deputies also made 10 misdemeanor arrests, 1 misdemeanor warrant, 1 felony arrest, and 1 felony warrant.
During the weekend, the Traffic Unit also investigated 12 crashes.
Sheriff Mascara said, "The best statistic of all is zero. That's the number of traffic fatalities St. Lucie County had over the holiday weekend."