The 12th Annual Hands Across the Border event held last week all along specified locations across north Florida saw law enforcement officers from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia come together to reaffirm their mutual commitment to uphold the traffic laws of their respective states, and to promote strict enforcement of those laws designed to protect motorists traveling through these southern states and across the borders. Colonel Chris Knight and Lt. Colonel Griffin of the Georgia State Police shake hands across the border with other members of law enforcement, including Sergeant Judy Suchoki, Tallahassee Police Department, Captain Warren, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, and another member of the Georgia State Police at the event held at Lawton Chiles High School in the Capital City.
Major Randy Brown, Troop A Commander, and other members
of law enforcement from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida
shake hands to show their support.
Last year in Florida, 42 people were killed during the four-day Labor Day Holiday— 57% of those killed were not using seatbelts or child restraints. In addition, 36% of the fatal crashes were alcohol related. This year, the fatality count stands at 24, a significant decrease. However, that number is only preliminary, and is sure to increase as final figures are calculated from across the state. The annual Hands Across the Border event, which began in 1991, is designed to heighten awareness among motorists to travel safely during the Labor Day Holiday period, and to remind citizens that traffic safety is a critical issue all year long!
Law enforcement representatives from Georgia and Florida
gather at the Lake City Welcome Center.