Happy Birthday to Putnam County’s Traffic Safety Team

Celebrating over two decades with Putnam’s Community Traffic Safety Team!

Putnam County’s CTST was first established on May 6, 1998. They are a great part of our rural Community Traffic Safety Program in Northeast Florida Department of Transportation, District Two.

Enjoy Putnam CTST’s 22nd Year Anniversary Celebration Video:

Thank you for your hard work and loyalty – spanning over two decades – and for making Putnam County a safer place to live, work and play.

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Happy Birthday to Alachua County’s Traffic Safety Team

Celebrating Alachua’s Community Traffic Safety Team – Our very first CTST! 

Alachua County’s CTST was established 26 years ago. They were the first team organized as part of the Florida Department of Transportation District Two’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

26 Year Anniversary Celebration Video of the Alachua/Gilchrist/Levy CTST:

The Alachua CTST has been on the road to safety since April 28, 1994, and has since expanded to include Gilchrist and Levy Counties. Through the years, team members have promoted traffic safety throughout north central Florida. From the big University of Florida “college town” of Gainesville to many rural towns and cities, Alachua County’s Traffic Safety Team covers a diverse variety of roadway concerns. Through community events, on-going educational programs and projects, they help improve awareness and reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

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Happy Birthday to Clay County’s Traffic Safety Team

Celebrating the 20th Birthday of Clay County’s Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST)!

Clay County’s CTST was established on April 25, 2000. Their team is part of the FDOT’s District Two Community Traffic Safety Program in Northeast Florida.

20 Year Anniversary Celebration Video for Clay County CTST:

Over the last two decades, the Clay CTST has worked to improve their local roadways and solve traffic safety concerns. The Traffic Safety Team’s efforts to promote traffic safety are seen throughout Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, Fleming Island, Keystone Heights and Penney Farms. The team members consists of dedicated volunteers, law enforcement, first responders, local leaders, educators, and engineers, all working together with state assistance to reduce local traffic-related fatalities and injuries in their Clay County community.

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Happy Birthday District Two Traffic Safety Teams

We are excited to celebrate the 25th birthday of Duval County’s Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST)!

Duval County’s CTST was established on March 30, 1995. They were the second team organized in the Northeast Florida region and part of the Florida Department of Transportation District Two’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

25 Year Anniversary Celebration Photo Slide Show of the Duval County CTST: 

Over the last quarter century, the Duval CTST has been recognized by groups like NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and AAA for their wonderful efforts in promoting traffic safety. Through the years, Duval team members have gone above and beyond to help improve and educate issues regarding traffic safety on our roadways. They have been an integral part of solving traffic safety concerns in their community. These dedicated members include city, county, state, private industry and citizens, all working together with state assistance to reduce local traffic-related fatalities and injuries throughout Jacksonville, Florida.
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Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver

2019 Celebrate Safely Artwork

The FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is excited to announce a new design for its Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver campaign. The popular public service initiative was created to help reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries during the holiday season.

During the week of the Christmas holiday through New Year’s Day, establishments that are participating in the Celebrate Safely program serve non-alcoholic beverages free-of-charge to patrons who identify themselves as the designated driver.

Materials provided include posters to be displayed in the restaurant/bar, stickers for servers and bartenders to wear, and beverage coasters. The Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver stickers are also great for sticking on menus and bill holders.

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Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver packages for bars and restaurants – Order Online Now

The campaign’s “Drive Safe and Drive Sober” message is key at any time of year, and especially during the holidays. If you’ve been drinking, celebrate safely. Designate a driver, call a cab/ride-share/Uber/Lyft, or spend the night where you are.  Make sure to check out the following:
Recipes for the Road: non-alcoholic drinks and safety tips
Mocktails: drink and food recipe cards and videos
Seasons of Safety: traffic safety-themed holiday card collection
Impaired Driving: traffic safety page with more resources and materials

IT’S NOT ALL FUN IN THE SUN

In Florida, you can get a DUI (driving under the influence) if you drive or are in physical control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher – regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. (Sometimes the term “blood alcohol level” (BAL) is used instead of BAC.) However, a driver can also get a DUI for driving while impaired to “some degree” as the result of ingesting alcohol, drugs, or any combination of these.

While most DUIs involve driving, it’s possible to get a DUI in Florida without actually moving your vehicle. Florida law makes it illegal not only to drive a vehicle under the influence, but also to “operate” or be in “actual physical control” of a vehicle in such a state of impairment. So, for instance, an intoxicated motorist who’s found by police slumped over the wheel with keys in hand could be prosecuted for DUI even though the car never moved.

And like all other states, Florida has “implied consent” laws that generally require all motorists lawfully arrested for DUI to submit to chemical testing (blood, breath, or urine) for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol or drugs in their systems.

Every day, 36 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.  This is one death every 41 minutes.  The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

Important safety steps we can all take:

  • Before drinking alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver within your group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
  • If you have been drinking or using drugs, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
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