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Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, Fruitland Park Police place second at statewide competition

RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2009

EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) placed second for the Community Traffic Safety Team of the Year in the Annual Florida Law Enforcement Challenge and CTST Awards ceremony held on July 31 in Orlando.

The Lake County CTST works together with local agencies, groups and organizations toward a common goal of improving safety within the community, and integrating the efforts of various disciplines that work in highway safety such as engineering, law enforcement, emergency services and education.

The City of Fruitland Park Police Department placed second in the state, competing against agencies with 10 or fewer officers in the category for Enforcement of Occupant Safety (seat belts and child restraints) and enforcement on Red Light Running, Speeding and Aggressive Driving. First, second and third place winners from all categories were then placed in a drawing to win prizes for their respective agencies. The Fruitland Park Police Department was the recipient winning a 2009 Dodge Charger complete with installed traffic safety equipment.

The Florida Law Enforcement and CTST Challenge Awards is an annual competition to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and increase public education on occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding, aggressive driving and other areas of traffic safety. Statewide agencies and traffic safety teams submit an application documenting their efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their respective jurisdictions.

For more information about the Lake County CTST, call Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092 or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048.

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