Former Florida Highway Patrol Director Joins the National Safety Commission
The National Safety Commission (TNSC) today announced that Christopher "Chris" Knight, the former Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, has joined the leading organization working to deliver lifesaving defensive-driving and traffic-safety information to the general public. Knight will serve as the Executive Director of Highway Safety.
"We are extremely pleased that Colonel Knight has elected to join our team, bringing his remarkable and widely respected law enforcement credentials," said TNSC president and CEO Ken Underwood. "With his years of experience leading the 1,800 sworn FHP personnel protecting Florida's roadways, he brings a wealth of public safety knowledge to the National Safety Commission and shares our core mission to promoting highway safety."
After graduating from Florida State University, Knight, 50, joined the FHP in 1981 and served for 26 years. He began his law enforcement career as a trooper responsible for patrolling the roadways of Southwest Florida, and he quickly rose through the ranks serving assignments in Miami, Bradenton, Palatka and Tallahassee. He has experience serving as a troop commander, Chief of the FHP Training Academy and six years as FHP Director. Knight is also a graduate of the FBI academy and is a member of various professional groups including the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chief's Association, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and the International Association of Police Chiefs.
TNSC, founded in 2002, operates online driving safety courses through Web sites including www.LowestPriceTrafficSchool.com. The company, a subsidiary of Strategic Interactive Holdings Corporation, is America's leader in driver safety training, providing courses to consumers and businesses in every state and in more than 80 foreign countries. The Ponte Vedra Beach-based company prints and distributes the Official Florida Driver's Handbooks at no cost to state taxpayers and has saved Florida taxpayers millions in printing and distribution costs. The company's commitment to public safety gained national attention this past year with its "Move Over, America" campaign aimed at protecting law enforcement officers and emergency responders along America's highways.
TNSC currently has 75 employees and was recently ranked in the Top 100 in INC magazine's annual list of 500 fastest growing companies in America. The Ponte Vedra Beach firm is America's No. 2 fastest-growing educational company and has an amazing three-year sales growth rate of 1,612.8 percent.