The Village of Garden City has once again won the Platinum Award for efforts during 2020 in AAA Northeast’s Community Traffic Safety Awards Program, Director of Public & Government Affairs, John Corlett, announced on Dec. 3. The Platinum Award is the highest award AAA can bestow on a community for their traffic safety efforts and results. AAA has long recognized communities that make outstanding efforts to make the region’s roads safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a difficult year to maintain many of the traditional traffic safety efforts typically conducted. However, the village was cited for continuing and adjusting its many traffic safety efforts for 2020, including conducting school speed zone enforcement details, passed school bus enforcement details, child car seat inspections/installations, continuing with educational programming, and participating in a wide variety of enforcement programs such as Click It or Ticket, No Empty Chair, Pedestrian Safety, and Stop DWI programs. The village had also conducted seat belt and commercial vehicle enforcement check points, contributing to safer driving. Additionally, Garden City has had three consecutive years with no pedestrian fatalities.
“These achievements are a result of the excellent cooperation, dedication, and coordination between the Village’s Police Department, Village Board, Traffic Commission, and Department of Public Works,” Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson stated.
—Submitted by the Village of Garden City