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Push for more street lights in Destin

Last year, Santa Rosa County installed nearly one-thousand LED Street lights along Highway 98.
The lights are more energy efficient and brighter than older lights.
Now some residents of Destin are saying a large, nearly unlit stretch of 98 in their city should get the same treatment, and that it's unsafe as is.

Channel Three's Rob Brown spoke with them to find the problem, and what might be done to fix it.

Highway 98 through Destin is one of the most traveled roads in Okaloosa County. But some locals are saying that improper street lighting along a large portion of that highway could be putting motorists at risk.

There's only a handful of streetlights on 98 between The Palms of Destin, and the Walton County line, and most of those point into neighborhoods.
Even at dusk, it can be difficult to see.
Santa Rosa County got an FDOT grant to install over 19 miles of LED street lights on 98, and now Steve Menchell of the public safety committee says Destin may be in a position to do the same.
A report from that committee says the city has reached out to the county and asked about funding assistance, and that a grant from the FDOT may also be possible.
Amanda Perkins drives that area daily, and says streetlights would make the area safer.

Amanda Perkins "I've seen how crazy it gets out there. It's scary to drive at night. Especially with a bunch of people who don't necessarily know the roads or know where they're going or anything like that."

Karina Johnson says it's easy to miss turns in the dark.

Karina Johnson "It's really dangerous, just because when you're turning, there's just no way of knowing where you're going. You lose sight of where you're going."   
   
She says when you add tourists to the mix it gets even more dangerous.

Karina Johnson "Usually in the off-season it's a lot slower. But when it's busier you have people stopping and going, they don't know where they're going. You just don't know where people are turning. It's just not safe."

Public safety committee member Steve Menchel says he'll be bringing this topic back up at a Tuesday afternoon public meeting. In Destin, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.