Numerous entries were received for a poster and video contest held by the Midland Municipal Court. Winners were selected by a panel of judges on the basis of their outstanding creativity, high quality, originality, theme and important traffic safety message; Drive + Text = Wrecks.
The City of Midland passed an ordinance in October banning the use of wireless communication devices while driving. To promote traffic safety, participants could submit a video clip of 2 minutes or less about not texting and driving. The contest was open to all students in grades 6-12th.
Addressing another issue important to Midlanders, the Municipal Court invited all 1st-6th grade students to participate in a Litter Free Midland campaign. Contestants submitted their artwork with the theme of creating a cleaner Midland. The artwork was displayed in the public lobby of the Municipal Court. Teen Court and Keep Midland Beautiful also worked with the Court and students.
All participants were recognized with certificates by council members at the Court during an open house ceremony.
Traffic safety materials and resources were offered to the public as well as an update and presentation on the new Municipal Court building. About 130 students from local schools and Teen Court participated.
Mesquite Municipal Court
Municipal Court staff attended the five City of Mesquite high schools during their lunch breaks to promote traffic safety.
Traffic safety materials were available in the court lobby and clerks handed out traffic safety reading books to the children who came in with the citizens.
The Presiding Judge was interviewed by a local radio station and the interview was aired several times during the week. The judge also presented a short three minute YouTube video called "Everybody Hurts Speeding" prior to docket call.
The Mayor presented a proclamation recognizing Municipal Court Week and extended his appreciation to all City of Mesquite Municipal Judges and court support personnel for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to the community.
Breakfast was provided for the court clerks and one clerk was presented with the Clerk of the Year Award.
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