July 20, 2012

Traffic Enforcement Unit takes state awards

Members from the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit recently traveled to Orlando for the Law Enforcement Liaison awards ceremony, where they placed second in the south region of the state for DUI enforcement and first overall in the Law Enforcement Liaison(LEL) Challenge.
The Florida LEL Program is a grant funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the LEL program is to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries by working with law enforcement agencies across the state to boost safety belt use, reduce drunk driving and encourage traffic safety initiatives.
The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding, and other areas of traffic safety. Departments submit an application that documents their agency’s efforts and effectiveness in these areas.
The Florida DUI Challenge Initiative rewards law enforcement agencies that dedicate a significant level of resources to impaired driving enforcement, awareness and training. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries that occur in Florida by increasing DUI enforcement and public awareness of the state’s alcohol- related crash problem.

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