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

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

That attitude doesn't sit well with Capt. Larry Ward at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Crestview station. Driving through a closed road segment "causes a hazard for other folks," he said.

Drivers and passengers could be injured or killed if a weakened, closed road collapsed beneath their vehicle, Ward said. Violating the signs also could endanger public safety workers who have to rescue such motorists.

Culprits would be responsible for paying for the further damage they caused, Schneider said.

Because so many county roads were damaged in the storm, there are not enough barricades to completely blockade some streets, Autrey said.

"They're there for a reason," Autrey said. "It's to protect people as much as the infrastructure. But I can't design away stupid."

The Grandview Drive closure has an unintended benefit for December, who frequently visits her sister who lives on the other side of the closed portion, normally a quick drive by car.

"It used to be zip, zip; we'd be at each other's house for morning coffee," December said, walking briskly across the causeway. "But I can use this exercise."

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