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AAA CAROLINAS NAMES NORTH CAROLINA'S 2012 TRAFFIC SAFE COMMUNITIES

At a ceremony held on October 18, 2012, the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety recognized a total of 16 localities for efforts made in traffic safety over the past year during their ninth-annual traffic safety awards luncheon.

Winners were chosen for communities under 10,000 in population, those with 10,000 to 30,000 residents, and towns and cities with more than 30,000 in population.

“North Carolina faces three serious statewide traffic safety challenges: unlicensed drivers, the high number of teen driving deaths and a continued increase in pedestrian deaths statewide,” said Tom Crosby, president of AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety.

“One in five fatal crashes in North Carolina involves an unlicensed driver,” said Crosby.

“Additionally, North Carolina ranks second in the country for the number of teen driving deaths, and pedestrian fatalities are up 15% this year.”

AAA Carolinas’ Foundation for Traffic Safety provides awards in an effort to recognize those cities that make a strong effort to make our state’s roads safer.

“Through enforcement, education and strong legislation and the examples of these communities, we can continue to save lives in North Carolina,” added Crosby.

The grant winners for North Carolina Traffic Safe Communities 2012 were the towns of Highlands, Holly Springs and Chapel Hill. 

The foundation also recognized 13 other communities with Outstanding Traffic Safe Community awards for leadership in traffic safety including: (* repeat winners)

Population greater than 30,000:
• Kannapolis* (Cabarrus County)
• Cary* (Wake County)
• Wilson* (Wilson County)
• Huntersville* (Mecklenburg County)
• Jacksonville* (Onslow County)

Population between 10,000 and 30,000
• Laurinburg* (Scotland County)
• New Bern* (Craven County)
• Mint Hill (Mecklenburg County)
• Waynesville (Haywood County)

Population less than 10,000:
• Biltmore Forest (Buncombe County)
• Montreat (Buncombe County)
• Stoneville (Rockingham County)
• Seaboard (Northampton County)

Jim Trogdon, chief operating officer of the NCDOT, Colonel Michael Gilchrist, commander of the North Carolinas State Highway Patrol, and Crosby honored local law enforcement and community representatives from each winning community.

Traffic safe communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita, presence of a formal traffic safety program and/or existence of a special traffic division. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte provided the statistical analysis and the AAA Carolinas Foundation chose winners in each category giving extra emphasis to those communities that are proactive in enhancing traffic safety efforts.

AAA Carolinas’ Foundation for Traffic Safety is a non-profit organization founded by AAA Carolinas and funded by AAA Carolinas’ member contributions that works to promote traffic safety initiatives in North and South Carolina.
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