Published: Jul 13, 2010 7:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2010 4:52 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla - The Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit received state honors at an awards ceremony held in Orlando.

The LCSO Traffic Unit placed in the top three in three separate categories.  The awards were determined by the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program, a grant-funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit placed third in the following categories:

The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge, which rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida.  The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws, educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding and other areas of traffic safety.  Agencies submit an application documenting its efforts and effectiveness in these areas. 

The Florida Motor Unit Challenge, which rewards units that increase enforcement efforts to improve traffic safety by reducing crashes and increasing seat belt usage rates on Florida roadways.  The challenge application compares the changes in statistics from the baseline data from one year to the challenge data of the following year.

The Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge, which rewards agencies that address safety belt usage in their communities using a multi-faceted approach.  Recognized agencies promote the Click It or Ticket message at each of the three waves during a challenge using as many media outlets as possible to create the highest level of awareness.

According to Traffic Unit Commander, Lt. James Drzymala, the awards were the result of a true team effort.  "Working together as a team, they have brought our agency into the spotlight," says Lt Drzymala.  "All this was accomplished while reducing crashes and saving lives through enforcement and education."