State crackdown on DUIs
The state has deemed December as Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to promote safety, as many travel to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says fatal crashes involving impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday period. The Florida Highway Patrol, with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and aggressively enforce Florida's DUI laws. FHP will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving crackdown through New Year's Day.
A Positive Step 5K on Saturday
A Positive Step of Monroe County (APSMC) will hold its fifth annual 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, at the southern end of Duval Street.
The event will include post-race refreshments, a raffle, awards, and T-shirts for the first 150 entrants. Registration is $25, or $15 for runners under 15. Race-day entrants pay $5 extra. Kids 9 and under may enter a 9 a.m. free, half-mile Fun Run. Raffle tickets are $25 each, or five for 100. To buy them, call 305-304-1969. Winners will be announced on race day. To register, visit http://www.southernmostrunners.com/applications/APSMC-5K-App-12.pdf.
All proceeds go to the Idle Hands Summer Jobs Program of APSMC, a nonprofit that helps high-risk youth and their families.
Beaches test OK for bacteria
The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests in recent weeks have showed none of the county's beaches has high levels of bacteria.
Fecal coliform and enteric bacteria are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals.
The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if a warning is issued.
For more information, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.