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AAA donates $45,000 in traffic safety grants to Florida First Responders

Staff Report

TALLAHASSE– 2020 has been a tough year for everyone and no one knows that more than our first responders. In order to help improve traffic safety across Florida during this trying time, AAA – The Auto club Group opened its traffic safety grant program early for Florida’s first responders. 

After judging 118 applications, AAA awarded a total of $45,000 to five fire departments and seven law enforcement agencies across the state. The grants will fund an array of safety tools from crash rescue equipment to state-of-the-art drugged driving enforcement devices as well as programs aimed at teen drivers – those at the highest risk for crashes. 

Max Kelley, 4, signals before making a turn. Following is Michael Irwin, 5. The two young drivers were learning the basics about traffic safety.

“Improving traffic safety in our communities is part of our DNA and that starts with our roadside heroes,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are extremely honored to be able to help, even in a small way, so many great agencies across Florida.”

The second half of AAA’s traffic safety grant program kicks off this month. This time applications will be considered from Florida schools and charities. Interested organizations can contact Matt Nasworthy, via email to apply at mnasworthy@acg.aaa.com.

The following agencies were awarded the First Responder Awards:

  • Baker County Fire Rescue for safety vests for traffic incident management
  • City of Sanford Fire Department for crash extrication equipment
  • Davie Police Department for Impaired driving educational tools
  • East Lake Fire Rescue for distracted driving and seat belt educational tools
  • Florida State University Police Department for distracted driving communication campaign
  • Miami-Dade Police Department for impaired driving program for teens
  • Niceville Police Department for "Slow Down/Move Over" crash scene safety equipment
  • North River Fire District for crash extrication equipment
  • Palm Beach County School District Police Department for teen driver safety educational program
  • Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for distracted driving billboard
  • Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for impaired driving enforcement tools
  • University of Central Florida Police Department for drugged driving detection tools