Small Town Doing Big Things For Safety

Scott Lagasse Jr. with Ginger Regalado and Bill Riha from D7 Traffic Ops


“Blink and you’ll miss it” pretty much describes the Town of Kenneth City in south-central Pinellas County. Tucked away between US-19 and State Road 693 (66th Street North), the small town of less than one-square mile of land and 5,000 residents has been doing big things when it comes to safety.

Back in March, FDOT State Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Trenda McPherson, contacted the Town of Kenneth City – extending an opportunity to have NASCAR driver and Alert Today Florida spokesperson Scott Lagasse, Jr. come down and recognize the great work everyone is doing to improve bicycle safety.

Scott Lagasse Jr. (third from left) with the Kenneth City Police Department

In addition to the visit from Lagasse, an avid cyclist, the Kenneth City Police Department also held a press conference at their Community Hall to recognize all those who help make their roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

“The KCPD was proud to host Alert Today Florida spokesman and race car driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. today as he highlighted our police department’s and Town’s initiatives, as well as our state and county-wide Team’s efforts to encourage good safety practices,” said Kenneth City Police Chief Kevin Riley.

“One of the reasons this campaign is so important is that pedestrian and bicycle crashes are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than other types of crashes,” Riley continued. “The KCPD is following through on our commitment to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and we would like to remind everyone — whether you are walking, biking or driving– we all share the road and the responsibility.”

We here at District Seven enjoy supporting our law enforcement partners and are proud to work with such outstanding people.

“It was fantastic to see all that Chief Riley and his officers are doing with the Biking with a Badge, Casting with a Cop, Coffee with Cop, Peeps with the Police, and so much more,” said Ginger Regalado, District Seven Community Traffic Safety Team Program Manager. “They are a fantastic group of law enforcement officers and they are making a tremendous strides in safety. It was also great to see the support they have from Mayor Dudley and Town Manager Matthew Campbell, as that shows the commitment they all have to the community.”