AAA Carolina names Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant 2013 Outstanding Traffic Safe Communities

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The City of Isle of Palms was named a 2013 South Carolina Outstanding Traffic Safe Community by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Captain Dawn Caldwell from the Isle of Palms Police Department accepted the award during a ceremony on Nov. 19, at Seawell’s in Columbia.

In all, 15 South Carolina communities were honored, including three Grand Winners (Iva, Newberry and Mount Pleasant) during the 10th annual Traffic Safe Community awards luncheon hosted by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. Isle of Palms was one of five winners in the Under 10,000 Population category.

“The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety continues to tackle the deadly practice of texting while driving, especially among teen drivers, a group who has grown up continuously connected to cell phones and computers,” said Angela Vogel Daley, president of AAA Carolinas Traffic Safety Foundation. “AAA Carolinas’ goal is to create a culture change among teens concerning texting while driving.”

The 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.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was repeat Grand Winner Newberry, which has won the 10,000-30,000 population category seven out of 10 years. Additionally, only two communities have been in the top five for their population category every year – Newberry and Goose Creek.

Colonel Leroy Taylor, deputy director of the South Carolina State Transportation Police, and Phil Riley, from the South Carolina Office of Highway Safety, congratulated and honored local law enforcement and community representatives.

Mount Pleasant has been recognized as a Traffic Safe Community for nine out of 10 years; it was the Grand Winner in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The town recently enacted a no texting while driving ordinance and they visit the local schools to educate teens about the dangers of texting while driving. Mount Pleasant also operates under the TIPs program to prevent bars from over-serving alcohol.

The City of Mount Pleasant was named a Grand Winner in the 2013 South Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Corporal Traffic Bureau Eric Postell of the Mount Pleasant Police Department accepted the award during a ceremony on Nov. 19 at Seawell’s in Columbia.

In all, 15 South Carolina communities were honored, including three Grand Winners (Iva, Newberry, and Mount Pleasant) during the tenth-annual Traffic Safe Community awards luncheon hosted by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. Mount Pleasant was the Grand Winner in the Over 30,000 Population category.

AAA Traffic Safe Communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita, and 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 for Traffic Safety chose winners in each category giving extra emphasis to those communities that are proactive in enhancing traffic safety efforts.

The 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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