During the spring and summer of 2008, MRD developed a campaign for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to encourage the use of seat belts and child safety seats among rural Hispanics/Latinos in the counties of Collier and Palm Beach. The campaign also focused on curbing aggressive driving among urban Hispanics/Latinos in the counties of Broward and Hillsborough.


The strategic approach consisted of:
  • Developing a compendium of the available literature nationwide and a report describing the findings of the research.
  • Conducting focus groups to identify and plan strategies for educating Hispanic/Latino rural populations on the proper use of child safety seats and the importance of wearing seat belts in Collier and Palm Beach counties. The team also conducted focus groups to glean information from urban Hispanics/Latinos in Broward and Hillsborough counties on the subject of aggressive driving
  • Designing messages and campaign posters in English and Spanish about the use of child safety seat/seat belt usage and aggressive driving


MRD drafted a survey, which was distributed to the contacts listed on the urban and rural databases. The rate of return was approximately 130 responses, proving that members of the staff of these organizations are formidable advocates for change and for securing an outstanding level of feedback. MRD issued a report of findings that contained evaluation results as well as recommendations. The report used feedback obtained from focus groups as well as surveys distributed and collected by community organizations. The summary also included the results of the earned media impressions obtained as a result of the campaign. The campaign was completed on time and on budget.