Tuckahoe became just one of four communities throughout New York State to receive AAA’s top Platinum Award for the outstanding effectiveness of its traffic safety programs.
The community was honored during a luncheon ceremony and AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate, presented a total of 60 awards, AAA New York Director of Traffic Safety and Government Affairs John Corlett announced.
The Village was one of four Platinum award winners in AAA’s annual Community Traffic Safety Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding communities for their efforts to make the region’s roadways safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Other winners were New York City, White Plains and Old Westbury in Nassau County,
“We are pleased to honor our award winning communities that are doing such vital work to ensure that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can all reach their destinations safely,” stated Corlett.
Over the past five years, Tuckahoe has shown a 75% reduction in bicycle injuries and a seat belt usage rate of 97%. Their successful traffic safety programs include their Safe Riders – Bicycle Program, Dying High in the ER – Teen Anti-Drunk Driving Education Program and Operation Safe Stop – School Bus Safety Enforcement Program.
They were also awarded a Pedestrian Safety Commendation for having 38 years without a pedestrian fatality.
"Police departments from Albany to Long Island are rated by AAA and I'm really proud of the officers that do such a great job implementing traffic safety laws in Tuckahoe," said Chief John Constanzo last month when the department first learned of the recognition AAA was to give them.
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