Operation Firefly relies on its "Team Firefly" volunteers to accomplish our goals. We have distributed lights and information to more than 9,000 people since the program’s inception in 2012 and we set an increasingly higher goal each year. For the winter of 2017-2018, we're aiming to serve 3,500 people county wide and we need your help. We'll be conducting Operation Firefly light distributions all over LA County following the time change in November and ending the first week of March. Each distribution event is typically Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings, 4:30 - 7 pm.
Join Team Firefly today and we'll send you regular updates with dates and locations as the calendar progresses. There's no pressure and you need only respond to dates and locations that work for you. Each season we usually have around 150 volunteers total, many of whom do 1 or 2 events and some who do multiple events.
Overall, we always need more volunteers and many hands truly do make light work. We need bilingual English/Spanish speaking volunteers for recipients who speak Spanish and we also need female volunteers to encourage female riders to stop. Of course, Operation Firefly distributions are a lot of fun and everyone goes home with a big smile on their face. Sign up for Team Firefly today and please invite a few of your friends. Thanks.-Colin Bogart, Education DirectorPlease RSVP on the links below to volunteer for any of these Operation Firefly Events:
Caitlin York donated 2015-07-24 13:05:11 -0700
Sign this petition to show your support for stopping hit-and-runs in California!2,010 signatures
In the City of Los Angeles, 20,000 hit-and-run crashes occur annually, resulting in over 4,000 injuries. Of those injuries, 150 will be severe or fatal ones, and people walking and biking are disproportionately affected, accounting for 75% of those severe injuries and deaths.
While other crime rates in the City of L.A. have fallen over the past several decades, hit-and-runs have held steady or increased. If you are hit and severely injured or killed while walking or biking, there’s a greater than 1 in 5 chance that the driver will not stop. In February 2013, a motorist hit Damian Kevitt while he was biking through Griffith Park in L.A., pinned him down, and then dragged him several hundred feet, leading to severe and near-fatal injuries. Hit-and-run victims are often more severely injured or killed during the act of fleeing than from the initial collision. Stopping after a collision saves lives.
So why do people run? Because they’re likely to get away with it.
Los Angeles is at the center of a larger statewide problem that needs to be addressed throughout California. The chance of someone being penalized for a hit-and-run crime, even if the perpetrator is caught, is so low that it is often worth the risk. Drivers that are drunk face lesser consequences if they leave, sober up, and maybe turn themselves in if they see their case on the news. The meager penalties that do exist are rarely enforced. Prosecutors often downgrade charges or allow civil compromise, letting drivers off with a slap on the wrist. Drivers that flee the scene do not lose their driving privileges, despite neglecting the most basic responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.
We call on the California State Legislature and Governor to revoke driving privileges of hit-and-run drivers and to increase penalties to remove the incentive to flee when drunk.
We call on law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to treat hit-and-run collisions like the violent crimes that they are by regularly reporting statistics, allocating adequate resources for investigations, and imposing appropriate penalties on perpetrators.