Photo/Story Gallery 2007
Troopers Talk Safety All Over Florida
Recently, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers from Troops L, C, B and G, along with other law enforcement agencies, attended safety events in their communities to help inform and educate the public on highway safety concerns.
Pictured left, Lieutenant Mike Burroughs and Auxiliary Lieutenant Beaver Twist use the FHP Rollover Simulator to explain the importance of using seatbelts in a motor vehicle and right, Trooper Larry Coggins shows off Summit Consulting Company’s new auto safety flashlight.
The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. (Sheriff’s Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers) Program with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s office was the last STOP!
TROOP L: Troopers from the Davie District participated in a Drug and Safety Summit at Millennium Middle School in Tamarac. The purpose of the event was to educate students about drug abuse, sexual assaults, smoking, alcohol abuse and unsafe actions while driving. Troopers John Baker, Tom Winders, Auxiliary Trooper Robert Pollack and Public Affairs Officer Sergeant Mark Wysocky participated in the event.
Trooper John Baker spoke to the students about the dangers of not wearing seat belts and used the rollover simulator to demonstrate what happens when seat belts and child restraint seats are not used.
Trooper Tom Winders spoke to the students about drinking and driving and demonstrated the field sobriety tests. Teachers and students attempted the heel to toe while wearing the Fatal Vision Goggles. Although some of the students were not old enough to drive yet, they were shocked at the effects of the goggles. Trooper Winders videotaped the participants attempting the heel to toe with his in car video camera. The tape was given to the school for future presentations.
Auxiliary Trooper Robert Pollack spoke to students about the equipment in the patrol car and how prisoners are transported and several students sat in the back seat of the patrol car.
TROOP C: One of the nation’s largest independent insurance providers, Summit Consulting, recently invited Troop C Public Affairs Officer Trooper Larry Coggins to be the key note speaker for this year’s Customer Service Week event at their corporate headquarters in Lakeland. This year’s theme revolved around traffic and highway safety. Every employee within the Southeastern United States region received an auto safety flashlight equipped with an auto ejector and seat belt cutter. All four of Trooper Coggins’ presentations covered new Florida traffic laws, a refresher course for safer driving, Florida’s new driver license emergency contact information program, and a question and answer session where everyone had an opportunity to participate.
Pictured above left, Troopers Charlie Caulk and Mike Jordan and Captain Tim Culhane talk safety with Covenant Community School students while they pet K-9 Z right, Children return home from the event to play with their safety goodies and below left, Trooper Mike Jordan shows students at Covenant Community School how K-9 Z is trained to attack and restrain an aggressive attacker. Trooper Charlie Caulk (left) is disguised in his bad guy wig.
The day began with an overview of the FHP K-9 and Felony program. The children learned about the Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Program and the dangers of using illegal drugs.
Lt. Mike Burroughs and Auxiliary Lt. Beaver Twist brought the FHP Rollover Simulator to show the dangers of riding in a vehicle without a seat belt or child restraint seat. Lt. Burroughs also shared real-life stories about crashes involving children and parents not wearing their seatbelts.
The presentation ended with children getting goody bags filled with safety literature and items to remind them to buckle up and be safe. The bags were filled with pencils, pens, lunch boxes, sunglasses, and other items provided by the FHP, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the FHP Command Officer’s Association. The students and staff at Covenant Community School expressed their heartfelt thanks to our agency for presenting such an informative safety program for their school.
TROOP G: St. Johns County parents are getting a hand in keeping an eye on young motorists with the help of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies, including the Florida Highway Patrol. The Sheriff’s Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers program or S.T.O.P.P.E.D., gives parents who file an application a police sticker to affix to the windshields of cars used by drivers younger than 18. If that car is stopped for any legitimate reason and a young driver is at the wheel, the owner of the vehicle gets a letter describing the stop, the reason for the stop, the time, number of passengers, and whether any citations were issued. The silver dollar sized sticker does not give officers the authority to stop a vehicle, just the permission to notify the owner if a stop is made for another reason. Sheriff David Shoar said that the parents would be notified either by mail or phone and this program was modeled after similar projects in other parts of the country. Applications and an explanation of the program are available on the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office website at www.sjso.org or by calling (904) 810-6690.