Coral Springs Police Launches Teen Safe Driving Campaign

Coral Springs Police Launches Teen Safe Driving Campaign

By Bryan Boggiano

Coral Springs Police announced a new Teen Safe Driving campaign to promote citizen safety and responsible driving habits.

Operating intermittently through Sept. 30, 2022. with the Florida Department of Transportation’s “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” initiative, Coral Springs Police plan to promote safe-driving habits through routine traffic stops, giving brochures to drivers explaining the importance of safe driving and responsible habits behind the wheel. There will also be higher police visibility and increased patrol throughout the city, including near schools. 

Officer Chris Swinson said the department held outreach classes and used virtual reality to promote safe driving, but COVID limited its operations. As the pandemic wanes,  these activities will resume.

Swinson said that the Florida Department of Transportation evaluates cities and counties based on types of automobile crashes and identifies involved age groups each year. They identified that teen crashes occur at a high rate in the city, compared to the rest of the state,  and are providing additional funding for police to expand staffing operations and hours. Since the state provides the city funding, taxpayers will pay no extra cost.

Through this enforcement, police hope to reduce crashes and casualties resulting from speeding and aggressive driving, according to a press release. 

“Public safety is our number one thing,” Swinson said. “We want to do everything we can to promote safe driving and reduce injuries resulting from crashes.”

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Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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