The Coral Gables Police Department is introducing two great initiatives of which we are very proud of.
Our first initiative is The Wallet Card, a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Disability Independence Group, the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and the Coral Gables Police Department. This card is a free tool for teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is designed to help them communicate clearly with law enforcement and first responders.
You’ll be proud to know that this program is set to help thousands of families affected by ASD on a national and even world-wide level. Since we announced The Wallet Card in late January, the Coral Gables Police Department has been contacted by other law enforcement agencies throughout the country and by organizations as far as Australia!
I want to acknowledge the great work done by Lt. Bart Barta from our Police Department for leading the way and working with these two committed organizations toward creating a positive change in our community.
If you know of somebody with ASD that would like to take advantage of this free tool, please visit our page by clicking here, or visit the Disability Independence Group website by clicking here. You can also watch an informative video about when and how to use the wallet card.
As you may know, Coral Gables is striving to become a bicycle friendly community and with that comes great responsibility to protect the safety of bicyclists, drivers as well as pedestrians who are now sharing our busy roads. For this purpose, CGPD will begin a “Safe Biking 101” public awareness campaign to highlight the essential dos and don’ts of responsible biking in Coral Gables.
Along with this educational effort, CGPD will increase traffic enforcement to monitor drivers and bicyclist violating the rules of the road. This is one of the many important initiatives underway to make Coral Gables a community that encourages bicycling as a means to a healthy lifestyle and a transportation alternative.
As always, you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 305-460-5418 with your comments or suggestions.
Be Safe and Stay Informed,
Edward J. Hudak, Jr.
Interim Chief of Police
City of Coral Gables
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