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Florida Highway Patrol and Wireless Carriers
Announce Partnership To Boost Awareness
for Safe, Responsible Driving

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Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol

Susan Langston

For Immediate Release

TALLAHASSEE, FL, May 22, 2000 – Wireless telecommunications carriers across the country are gearing up for National Wireless Safety Week, May 22 through May 27, a week the industry uses to create awareness for safety when using a wireless phone on the road. In Florida, National Wireless Safety Week is getting an extra push from the Florida Highway Patrol’s announcement of a partnership with the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association (FTIA) and the statewide wireless industry.

"The FHP acknowledges the value of wireless communications when used responsibly," explained Major Ken Howes of the Florida Highway Patrol. "Motorists who use their wireless phones to report accidents, traffic jams and poor road conditions are very valuable to the Highway Patrol, especially during the busy summer travel season. This partnership is simply aimed at making sure people are careful when using their phone. We are pleased that the wireless carriers have agreed to support our overall message of safe driving."

The educational campaign kicks off this week on radio stations throughout Florida. The radio commercial features Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, asking motorists to drive safely and to be responsible when using a wireless phone. A similar message also depicting Colonel Hall has been created for television. Florida residents and visitors can expect to see or hear these messages on prime time during heavily traveled holidays, such as the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The FHP and the wireless carriers are anticipating the addition of other methods to promote driver safety.

"The partnership’s message is clear: Safe driving should always be every motorist’s first responsibility. Wireless phones have become a standard feature of traveling in Florida and around the country. The FHP and the wireless industry both endorse safe driving. Joining efforts to promote safe driving is a natural fit for both entities," commented Susan Langston, Executive Director, FTIA.


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