Captain Rick Kelley speaks on behalf of FHP at the Hands Across the Border event in Nassau County.
Early in September, the 13th annual Hands Across The Border event was held at the Florida/Georgia state line on Interstate 95 in Nassau County. Each year, state and local law enforcement officers from both states meet at the state line to show their united support and renew their mutual commitment to aggressive traffic enforcement.
Hands Across The Border, which began in 1992, is designed to heighten public awareness and encourage safe driving habits during the Labor Day holiday weekend each year. Special emphasis is placed on driver attitude, obedience of Florida and Georgia traffic laws, and the use of seat belts and child safety seats -- each a paramount factor in reducing the number of traffic deaths and injuries that occur on highways in both states.
In attendance at this year's event were representatives from each of the following agencies: Florida Highway Patrol, Georgia State Patrol, Nassau County Sheriff's Department, Fernandina Beach Police Department, Baldwin Police Department, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Kingsland Police Department, Camden County Sheriff's Office, Duval & Nassau County Community Traffic Safety Teams, Florida Department of Transportation, and Buckle Up Florida. Thanks to Buckle Up Florida for providing a rollover simulator to demonstrate the importance of seat belt and child restraint use, and to the Georgia State Safety Office for hosting the low country boil luncheon for attendees.