Submitted by AAA
SYRACUSE, NY — AAA Western and Central New York recognized the City of Fulton for its continued success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program. AAA’s Platinum Award was presented to Police Chief Orlo Green and Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr. today in Fulton.
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, programs, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.
Fulton received its fourth 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. In nine years of participation, Fulton has also received five Gold Awards.
“AAA is pleased to recognize the great leadership and successful efforts of communities that strive to advance the cause of traffic safety so they can be shared and emulated by others,” said Wally Smith, Vice President of AAA Western and Central New York. “Fulton’s consistent achievement of Platinum status is evidence of their commitment to traffic safety success.”
Fulton demonstrated success with programs and projects addressing: drunk and impaired driving; aggressive, unsafe and distracted driving behaviors; speeding; occupant protection and child passenger safety; school bus and school zone safety; pedestrian and bicycle safety; and street sign upgrades and maintenance to improve safety. Additionally, Fulton met the criteria for Platinum with their favorable statistics for vehicle occupant injuries and seat belt usage.
Only eight communities in New York State received Platinum honors. In addition to Fulton, Platinum Awards were presented to Baldwinsville, Camillus, East Syracuse, Garden City, Manlius, Port Washington, and White Plains. Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.