Ride along with Jacksonville Beach PD ahead of July 4th weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With big celebrations underway, law enforcement agencies want to remind everyone to make safe plans this weekend.

You’ll see extra patrol and staff out and about in your county.

Action News Jax reporter, Meghan Moriarty, spoke with representatives of all major counties and beaches to give you an idea of what law enforcement is cracking down on.

In Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jax Beach, local leaders want to remind beachgoers open containers are not allowed. You can get a citation.

“One of the things that we do run into a lot: there is no drinking in public here in Jacksonville Beach,” Commander Tom Crumley, with Jacksonville Beach Police, said. “That tends to be forgotten at times.”

They’re also keeping an eye for pedestrians and cars, asking people to only cross at crosswalks and for vehicles to yield to pedestrians. A spokesperson with Atlantic Beach Police said they are partnering with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to have extra patrol on Atlantic Blvd.

Over in St. Johns County, a spokesperson said they’ll conduct DUI checks with help from Florida Highway Patrol and St. Augustine Beach Police from 6 P.M. Saturday to 4 A.M. Sunday.

“Since the start of this year, we have seen a 35% increase in our DUI arrests which has resulted in a 50% decrease in impaired driver related crashes,” St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick said in a statement to Action News Jax.

Moriarty also spoke to Nassau County Sheriff, Bill Leeper, about fourth of July precautions.

“We have our marine unit out patrolling the waterway, making sure nobody’s drinking too much and boating,” Sheriff Leeper said.

For a better idea of the number of DUI arrests annually here is the break down county by county for July 4-July 6, 2019 and July 3-July 5, 2020

DUI ARRESTS

JAX BEACH:

  • 2019: 2
  • 2020: 3

NASSAU COUNTY

  • 2019: 2
  • 2020: 5

CLAY COUNTY:

  • 2019: 3
  • 2020 4

ST. JOHNS COUNTY:

  • 2019: 4
  • 2020: 3

ATLANTIC BEACH:

“processing the request”

JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

“processing the request”

NEPTUNE BEACH:

We did not hear back