North Okaloosa's barricade runners face citations, wrecks and further road damage (VIDEO)

Barricade runners

Two vehicles drive around "road closed" barricades on Grandview Drive in Crestview, cruising over a storm-eroded section of road.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Motorists driving around "road closed" barricades face traffic violation fines and could cause further collapses of storm-weakened infrastructure, north county officials say.

Drivers are bypassing city and county Public Works barricades that proliferated in the wake of the April 29-30 storm; Crestview Police spokesman Lt. Andrew Schneider said his department has received multiple complaints of barricade-runners.

WATCH video of barricade runners on Grandview Drive>>

"It is a violation of statute," he said. "We are ticketing drivers for that."

Schneider said because so many roads were damaged by the storm, "it is impossible to have an officer at every one of them."

Roads closed 'for a reason'

"We close roads for a reason," Okaloosa County engineer Jason Autrey said. "It is exceptionally foolish to do two things: drive through standing water and go across a barricaded road."



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