Florida DUI Challenge
Normally, officers and law enforcement agencies are not allowed to receive valuable awards for doing their job. One exception to this rule is the Florida DUI Challenge. This grant-funded program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the Florida Department of Transportation 2017 Highway Safety Plan, the Florida DUI Challenge M5X-17-06-05 Project had a budget of $808,385.00.
Each year, hundreds of law enforcement agencies participate in the Florida DUI Challenge and awards ceremony including the Florida Motor Unit Challenge, the Florida DUI Challenge, the Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge, and the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge
The program was created to distribute grant money and give special recognition to law enforcement agencies that dedicate a significant level of resources to impaired driving enforcement, awareness, and training. While encouraging increased enforcement of DUI laws, the program also looks for ways to increase public awareness about the need to reduce the number of DUI-related crashes, serious injuries, and fatalities. Another goal of the program is to promote continued traffic safety initiatives and explore the benefits of partnerships between state and local agencies.
Florida Motor Unit Challenge
The Florida Motor Unit Challenge is a traffic safety initiative that utilizes motor units throughout Florida. In November and December of each year, the challenge serves to emphasize traffic safety during the holiday season. The top-placing motor units receive traffic safety equipment for use within their communities.
In 2016, for example, the top Motor Units were allowed to draw a key in an attempt to crank up a fully equipped 2016 Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle.
The Florida DUI Challenge
The DUI Challenge recognizes law enforcement agencies for their commitment to traffic safety initiatives addressing impaired driving, such as DUI patrols and checkpoints. The program also awards traffic safety equipment for use in educational programs and traffic safety initiatives within the local agencies.
For example, the first place winner in each category was allowed to draw a key in an attempt to start a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, completely outfitted with emergency equipment by Whelen, graphics by Trilogy Creative, and an Intoxilyzer 8000 with a Printer by CMI to be used solely for DUI prevention and outreach.
The Florida Click It or Ticket
The Florida Click It or Ticket (CIOT) Challenge rewards agencies that use a multi-faceted approach to address safety belt usage in their communities. The program recognizes agencies that effectively promote the CIOT message by using as many media outlets as possible and creating the highest level of public awareness.