Photo/Story Gallery 2009

FHP Gets the Word Out: Buckle Up!

Lt. Santangelo explains the new seat belt lawOn 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.

Former State Representative Slosberg, father of Dori Slosberg, whom the law is named after, gave a moving speech documenting the struggle to finally get this legislation passed.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.

Dr. Roldan, CEO and President of co-host, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Health Services, welcomed everyone to the event.
Dr. Eneida Roldan, CEO and President of co-host, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Health Services, welcomed everyone to the event.

Dr. Augestein, Director, Lehman Injury Center at Ryder Trauma Center spoke about preventing tragedies by buckling-up.
Dr. Jeffrey Augestein, Director, Lehman Injury Center at Ryder Trauma Center spoke about preventing tragedies by buckling-up.

Dr. Mckenney, Director of Ryder Trauma Center spoke about the needless injuries and deaths that could be prevented by buckling-up.
Dr. Mark Mckenney, Director of Ryder Trauma Center spoke about the needless injuries and deaths that could be prevented by buckling-up.

Hialeah Police Asst. Chief Oscar Vigoa recapped key point in Spanish for the Spanish Language media.
Hialeah Police Asst. Chief Oscar Vigoa recapped key point in Spanish for the Spanish Language media.