Photo/Story Gallery 2009
FHP Gets the Word Out: Buckle Up!
On June 29, 2009 FHP’s Troop E and Jackson Memorial Hospital hosted a press event to alert South Florida residents of the primary enforcement of Florida’s seat belt laws that starts June 30. Every major law enforcement agency in Miami-Dade County was represented in a show of unity.
All media outlets in Miami attended the event reaching millions of South Florida residents reminding them at 12:01AM, Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Florida’s Seat Belt Law changed from a “Secondary Offence” to a “Primary Offense”. This means that any Trooper or Police Officer will have the authority to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle if the driver or passengers in that vehicle are in violation of Florida’s seat belt laws.
Former State Representative Irv Slosberg, father of Dori Slosberg, whom the law is named after, gave a moving speech documenting the struggle to finally get this legislation passed.
Pictured: above left, Lt. Pat Santangelo explains the new seat belt law; above right, Rep. Irv Slosberg delivering speech.