The Florida Department of Transportation works to drive down fatalities on roadways by partnering with law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Florida Department of Transportation. The LEL Program provides support for enforcement and educational efforts in traffic safety countermeasures throughout Florida. To recognize the accomplishments of Florida Agencies in traffic safety initiatives, the LEL Program annually holds the Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Ceremony. Last year, 167 agencies participated from across the state. The lasting goal is one thing: saving lives.
The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding, and other areas of traffic safety. The Florida Motor Unit Challenge rewards motor units that increase enforcement efforts to improve traffic safety by reducing crashes and increasing safety belt usage rates on our roadways.
The Florida DUI Challenge recognizes agencies that dedicate a significant level of resources to prevent impaired driving. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries by conducting high-visibility DUI enforcement operations and increasing public awareness of the state’s alcohol-related crash problem.
The Florida Click It or Ticket (CIOT) Challenge rewards agencies that use a multi-faceted approach to address safety belt usage in their communities. Recognized agencies promote the CIOT message at each of three waves of expected activity during the Challenge, using as many media outlets as possible and creating the highest level of public awareness.
Award ceremonies were held in Orlando in July. This year’s winners included Gulf Breeze Police Department, Osceola County Sherriff’s Office, Tarpon Springs Police Department, Altamonte Springs Police Department, and Monroe County Sherriff’s Office.
For more information on traffic safety initiatives and the LEL Program, visit www.floridalel.org.