On Tuesday, March 19, 2002, the Florida Highway Patrol and members of Florida’s wireless phone industry set up shop at Florida’s Capitol to encourage people to buckle up and to use their cell phones responsibly while driving. Five different cellular phone companies, including Verizon, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint PCS, and VoiceStream gave away more than 1,500 hands-free cellular phone devices and other literature to promote safe driving during the event.
State Representative Irving Slosberg, District 89, Boca Raton, was instrumental in organizing the event, which drew thousands of visitors and attracted significant media coverage.
The Florida Highway Patrol’s "rollover simulator" was used to demonstrate what happens to the driver and passengers in a rollover crash when they are restrained or unrestrained.
Chief Ken Howes, on behalf of Colonel Chris Knight, presented Representative Slosberg with a Certificate of Appreciation for his "untiring legislative efforts to make Florida’s highways safe, for his dedication as a State Representative, and for his support of the Florida Highway Patrol".
Lieutenant Pat Santangelo, Troop K, Lieutenant Mike Rushing, Troop F, Sergeant Lonnie Baker, Troop H, Trooper Kim Miller, Troop D, and Ms. Kim Hackler, Office of Public Affairs, General Headquarters, staffed the successful event.