Photo/Story Gallery 2003
Law Enforcement Challenge Awards & DUI Kick-Off Press Conference 2003
This year’s Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Banquet, sponsored by Buckle Up Florida and FDOT was held on Friday, June 20th, at the A La Carte Pavilions in Tampa. The annual event began with a press conference, which kicked off the latest DUI “You Drink & Drive…You Lose” Enforcement Wave Campaign designed to remind the motoring public of the dangers of drinking and driving.
At the press conference, Colonel Chris Knight (shown left) spoke to the crowd of fellow law enforcement officers, members of the press, and others involved in occupant protection and traffic safety efforts across the state. His words rang true when he stated that enforcement efforts would be greatly increased during the upcoming wave, and that violators of Florida’s DUI laws would be severely penalized.
FHP continues its commitment to stopping those who endanger others by drinking and driving on our roadways. He sent a powerful message that troopers will be out in force to stop those who break the law! The message, “You drink & drive…You lose.” resounded again and again, as several speakers showed their support for upholding Florida’s laws aimed at keeping impaired drivers off our roadways, and ensuring the safety of our motoring public.
Pictured left, FHP’s Occupant Protection Team: (L to R) Troopers Reggie Edwards, Kim Miller, Charlotte Thompson-Smith, Dawn Tomlinson, and Lissa Udell and right, (L to R) Lt. Tommy Moore, Lt. Joe Tucker, Major Randy Brown, Colonel Chris Knight, Troopers Nixie Miller and Sgt. Lynn Flemming
Following the press conference, hundreds of representatives from law enforcement agencies, the Media, and traffic safety organizations such as MADD attended the luncheon to receive awards in Occupant Protection and Traffic Safety.
Sergeant Bill Turner, Troopers Kim Miller, Nixie Miller, Reggie Edwards, and Charlotte Thompson-Smith – all received individual First Place Awards for their hard work in Occupant Protection and Child Passenger Safety. FHP’s Second Place Winners included: Trooper Dawn Tomlinson, Lt. Joe Tucker, Lt. Mike Burroughs, and Lt. Mike Rushing – each deserving of recognition for their efforts in protecting our motoring public.
This year’s winner of the Buckle Up Florida Chief’s Challenge is Troop A. Troop A received this prestigious award for their hard work in providing enforcement and public education for the ten counties in the western panhandle. Last year, Troop A conducted 156 safety programs, reaching over 35,000 people. They helped to spearhead the highly successful Strikeforce 98, a massive traffic operation comprised of 39 separate law enforcement agencies along I-10 and US 98. Their aggressive enforcement efforts resulted in an 11% increase in DUI arrests, a 17% increase in seat belt citations, and a 22% increase in speeding citations. Most importantly, Troop A’s efforts contributed to a 9% decrease in traffic fatalities in the ten counties they serve.