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September 23, 2018

AAA Recognizes Cities of Fulton and Oswego for Traffic Safety Success


SYRACUSE, NY – AAA Western and Central New York recognized the city of Fulton, city of Oswego, and their respective police departments for their success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.

From left: AAA Western and Central New York Assistant Vice President John Sansone presents Mayor Ron Woodward and Fulton Police Lt. Jason Delano and with AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award.

From left: AAA Western and Central New York Assistant Vice President John Sansone presents Mayor Ron Woodward and Fulton Police Lt. Jason Delano and with AAA’s Gold Community Traffic Safety Program Award.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.

The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, projects, and their effectiveness.

The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

“The purpose of AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is to recognize the leadership and applaud the efforts of communities that strive to advance the cause of traffic safety,” said Tony Spada, president and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. “We are delighted to honor these municipalities for their continued vital and lifesaving work.”

Fulton received a Gold Award, given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate superior effort at addressing local traffic safety issues.

Fulton demonstrated success in addressing: aggressive, distracted, drunk and impaired driving; occupant protection and child passenger safety; bicycle, pedestrian, school bus and school zone safety; emergency response and Yellow DOT program; and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.

From left: AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Program Award is presented to Oswego Police Lt. Charles Searor, Police Chief Tory DeCaire and Mayor Tom Gillen by AAA Western and Central New York Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

From left: AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Program Award is presented to Oswego Police Lt. Charles Searor, Police Chief Tory DeCaire and Mayor Tom Gillen by AAA Western and Central New York Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

Fulton has participated in the program for 13 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and eight Gold Awards in total.

Oswego received a Platinum Award, given to communities that not only demonstrate outstanding success in addressing local traffic safety issues, but show a clear trend of improvement over five years and/or provide data that is substantially better than the statewide data for communities of similar size.

Oswego demonstrated success with programs addressing: driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; speeding and aggressive driving; occupant protection and child passenger safety; school bus and school zone safety; and bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Projects improved crosswalk signage, traffic signals and stop signs.

Oswego met Platinum criteria with statistics for seat belt use and DWI crashes.

Oswego previously participated in the program and received Gold in 2008 and 2013.

Only 11 communities in New York State received Platinum honors.

Other Platinum communities are Brighton, Brockport, Camillus, Freeport, Garden City, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Rome and White Plains.

Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

Visit AAA at www.AAA.com or download our mobile app at www.AAA.com/mobile.

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