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El Paso Municipal Court officials announced that the court has received the 2020 High Volume Municipal Traffic Safety Award by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Municipal Court to continue education and reaching the community about traffic safety,” said Municipal Court Director Lilia Worrell. “However, our volunteers persevered and were able to provide videos, virtual storytelling, and information to the public. It is truly a team effort.”
Funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Traffic Safety Initiative recognizes municipal courts that have made outstanding contributions to increase traffic safety in their communities.
El Paso Municipal Court received the recognition for innovative methods of community outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court incorporated existing technologies, social media, added new and enhanced options and programs.
A few community outreach methods include, distributing traffic safety goodie bags to local organizations, providing a 7-day series of Virtual Traffic Story readings, providing virtual juvenile classes, posting traffic safety messages on multiple social media websites, and participating in various virtual traffic safety events.
In addition, Municipal Court has raised traffic safety awareness through programs designed to decrease traffic crashes, traffic fatalities, and other traffic-related offenses.
The El Paso Municipal Court is a court of record, which handles Class C misdemeanors, and civil parking citations issued within the city limits. The El Paso Municipal Court of Appeals hears appeals filed from the El Paso Municipal Courts.
The award will be formally presented to Municipal Court at the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Virtual Conference on March 29 through the 31.
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