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Slow Down Pledge 

The Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is initiating a Pledge to Slow Down Campaign.  Speed is a major factor that contributes to motor vehicle crashes, severe injuries and traffic fatalities.   With the help of the community, Their goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to get thousands of Polk County residents to pledge to slow down.    

When a driver reduces their speed, they are more aware of their surroundings and have more time to react and stop for other vehicles, bicyclists and walkers.  Traveling at a slower speed also can greatly reduce the chances of injury or death.  The high number of traffic fatalities including pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Polk highlight the need to build awareness of this important issue.

The official campaign kick-off event will be held at the TPO Board Meeting on June 8, with a proclamation declaring June as Slow Down Month.

Polk Vision and The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team encourages everyone to take their own pledge, and hope this initiative will spread far beyond Polk County.


Take the Pledge at: http://polktpo.com/pledge-to-slow-down






LAKELAND- In partnership with Girls Inc., Polk Vision has developed an inaugural  summer youth leadership program to expose middle school girls to civic engagement and leadership experiences. The six week program kicks off Tuesday with Environmental Day at the Circle B Reserve. Participants will tour the landfill, learn about public works and get a lesson in ecology while at the Circle B Reserve. The girls will also be treated to a special lunch with County Commissioner Melony Bell.
Kay Fields, Girls' Inc. executive director, said she is excited about what awaits the girls in the leadership program. 
"Most of them are not aware of what our county has to offer them by way of careers and leadership opportunities," Fields said. "Many of these girls are still trying to choose their career path interest and this program will afford them the opportunity to see what is available in their community.
Other topics covered during the program include technology, medical, public safety, heritage and culture. As a part of the experience, the girls will have the opportunity to meet women in significant leadership positions throughout the county, said Kim Long, Polk Vision’s executive director.

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