University of Miami partners with FDOT for safe-driving campaign

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six is partnering with the University of Miami to launch, “Put it Down,” a campaign that educates young adults on the risks of distracted driving. The campaign continues through October.

The FDOT is targeting young drivers between ages 16 and 24 by partnering with local area educational institutions including the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami- Dade College, Barry University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Several outreach events will take place at local school campuses including a key event at the University of Miami on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at “The Rock” (near University Center). The UM event will feature the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, UM Association of Commuter Students, Dori Slosberg Foundation, Verizon Wireless, Miami Police Department DUI Detail and BAT Mobile, and WalkSafe/BikeSafe. Additionally, the FDOT will be employing social media by conducting a Twitter campaign using the hash tag #PutItDown.

The Florida Highway Patrol, Miami- Dade Expressway Authority, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the Dori Slosberg Foundation, Florida’s Community Traffic Safety Teams, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, South Florida Commuter Services, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization and AAA/Traffic Safety Foundation have joined the campaign efforts as well.

For more information, contact Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT District Six community traffic safety coordinator, at 305-470- 5437 or via email at .

More information on the national distracted driving campaign can be found online at

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