Published: Aug 02, 2011 7:31 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 6:32 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced that the agency won two first place awards in the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge held in Orlando July 22. Sheriff Cameron said, “I am very pleased to report that the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office won theDUI and the“Click it or Ticket” Challenge; the Challenge was for our participation in the ‘Over the Limit, Under Arrest’ campaign.”

Sheriff Cameron also said, “In Florida 562,000 people are involved in traffic crashes annually, half are killed or injured, two-thirds of those killed were not using seatbelts, and one-third of all fatalities are alcohol related. This places a lot of responsibility on our Traffic Safety Team and our road deputies who have done an outstanding job.”

Each Florida law enforcement agency is placed in a specific category based on agency size; CCSO was in the 150 to 200 law enforcement officer category. Various statistics are submitted that includes crash data, seat belt usage data, media releases, arrests, and citations issued. The goal is to educate the public and save lives; it has been proven that during these campaigns, traffic fatality rates for the state go down during these enforcement periods.

According to Sgt. Thomas Scott, head of the CCSO Traffic Safety Team, “We had a chance to win a Chevy Tahoe or Dodge Challenger, however the Perry Police Department won the Tahoe, and the Manatee Sheriff’s Office won the Challenger. We did receive a number of points that CCSO can “spend” in an on-line catalog. We are using our points to get new traffic safety equipment for our Traffic Safety Team, and our four District Offices. We are also going to utilize our points to reward the top traffic producers in each of our four districts.