Photo/Story Gallery 2003

FHP Talks Safety in Creole

Trooper MorisseauDuring the month of July, the Florida Highway Patrol and Radio Haiti Amerique International co-hosted several live radio broadcasts targeting the 600,000 Haitians residing in South Florida. Although many of the Haitians living in South Florida speak English, most prefer to get their news and information from Creole language radio.

Pictured left, Trooper Jackson Morisseau talks about traffic safety on Radio Haiti.

Three live shows pertaining to safety were broadcast the first week beginning June 30th, with one safety talk offered per week each Wednesday in July.

Radio host Lesly Jacques and Trooper MorisseauThe first show in the series offered child passenger safety and child safety seat information for parents of small children, compliments of Romil Benoit, a Creole speaking child passenger safety technician on staff at the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Center at Florida Atlantic University.

Pictured right (L to R): Radio host Lesly Jacques, radio station manager and Trooper Jackson Morisseau stand outside the radio station after the show.

On July 1st, Trooper Jackson Morisseau, who was born in Haiti and speaks Creole, explained FHP’s role in the community and gave traffic safety tips for motorists. The next day, the show featured a representative from the American Red Cross, who listed the services available to the Haitian community, including free swim lessons. The remaining shows — all pertaining to safety, including the last show on homeland security – were well received by the thousands of listeners in the area who tuned in for the valuable safety information given out in their native language.