Scouts Honor: Raising Awareness for Driver Safety in Port Washington

Girl Scouts Troop 410 recently honored by Port Washington Police District.

Julia Gurlitz and Gianna Guzzo with Port Washington Police Commissioner Angela Mullins, James Duncan and Dave Franklin
Julia Gurlitz and Gianna Guzzo with Port Washington Police Commissioner Angela Mullins, James Duncan and Dave Franklin

Three girls from Port Washington Girl Scouts Troop 410 are continuing to raise awareness for safe driving in the community.

The scouts, Julia Gurlitz, Gianna Guzzo, and Rebecca Muratore, and their troop leader is Linda Nutter, were recently recognized by the Port Washington Police District for their traffic safety project.

Their poster “One Text One Call Could Wreck It All” will soon be seen in banners across Port Washington, including at the Port Washington Fire Department lot.

“It will be the first thing people see when they drive into town,” said Port Washington Police Commissioner Dave Franklin.

The scouts had sponsored a safe-driving slogan contest in February at Weber Middle School, as part of their Silver Star project, in an effort “to help curb texting and calling while driving,” Franklin said.

The initiative came to life after the police district began a driving-safety awareness campaign nearly a year ago.

“It is commendable at this age to be involved as they are,” Franklin said a ceremony, drawing applause from police and community members.  

Wanting to share the credit, the girls wrote on their blog,  “We'd like to give a huge thank you to community member, Nancy Sinoway for helping us brainstorm about a design for our poster. We'd also like to thank her for hiring graphic designer James Konatich, who brought our slogan to life!”

Resident Steve Kaplan, the traffic safety commissioner of the Village of Port Washington North, is helping to find additional locations to post the banner around Port Washington.

Rebecca Muratore was unable to attend the ceremony.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect Steve Kaplan's current title in the Village of Port Washington North.
Dave Franklin July 15, 2014 at 05:35 AM
We are grateful and fortunate to have young women such as these who give their time and efforts to make a difference. Their ideas and involvement in the community will save lives.
Steve Kaplan July 15, 2014 at 08:54 AM
How wonderful to see the future generation helping to make our streets safer. thank you to the scouts and their leadership for giving such enthusiastic and valuable support. Special thanks to Dave Franklin who conceived the Be S.M.A.R.T DRIVE SAFELY program which I am proud to be a part and helping the PWPD to implement. As a correction, Today I am the Traffic Safety Commissioner of PW North Village. Formally I was a member of the TNH Traffic Safety Commission which we hope to reinstate.
Adina Genn July 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Thanks Steve, the article has been updated to reflect your current title.
Dave Franklin July 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM
I appreciate your kind words Steve, but this was a community effort. The discussion started on the PortParents thread on Yahoo, ideas were shared and you and Jo McGinty came up with the idea for the slogan. PWPD is doing our best to spread the word and curtail the problem, but the people of Port are responsible for this program. I have always said that together we can do great things. This is just one example of that. The energy and efforts of the Girl Scout Troop 410 is another. I just listened and took it to the next level. This is all about you and the people of Port. Nicely done.


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