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Published on May 23, 2024
Carrollton's Municipal Court Earns Honorable Mention for Traffic Safety Efforts from TMCECSource: City of Carrollton, Texas

Carrollton's Municipal Court just scored a win for traffic safety. Last month, they snagged an Honorable Mention in the 2024 Municipal Traffic Safety Awards, a nod from the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC). Funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, this award shines a light on courts going the extra mile to stop impaired driving in its tracks, according to the City of Carrollton, Texas.

"Our court staff works diligently to educate the community on the dangers of impaired driving, and they have done a fantastic job of making sure that the educational materials they provide are age appropriate," Presiding Carrollton Municipal Court Judge Meredith Lyon said, according to the City of Carrollton, Texas.

Innovation and the push for prevention are what got Carrollton's team to the top. Their outreach efforts targeted young guns, handing over educational tools in both English and Spanish to families, aimed to get them talking about road smarts at the dinner table. The idea? Get people thinking before they act, and cut down the crashes and DUIs before they happen.

"It is imperative we help everyone understand their role is important and provide families with the tools to succeed in speaking to their children about drugs, alcohol, and traffic safety," Kristen Conner, Juvenile Case Manager, said, as per the City of Carrollton, Texas.

Partnerships with other city departments helped spread the word in 2023, taking Carrollton's safety message to city events. On Future Public Employee Day, the municipal team mixed discussions of court clerk roles with back-to-school safety tips. Halloween brought reflective zipper tags and safety pitches to local families, and the momentum continued into the year-end with activities tailored for Spanish-speaking residents.

Not just a feather in their cap, the TMCEC's acknowledgment is seen as a stepping stone. "Receiving the MTSI award is only one step in an ongoing effort to expand awareness of the effects that drugs and alcohol have on a person’s motor skills and cognitive decision-making ability," Carrollton Court Administrator Cristina Rodriguez said, the City of Carrollton, Texas underscored.