Mount Pleasant a grand winner for safe driving

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

Corporal Traffic Bureau Eric Postell of the Mount Pleasant Police Department accepted the award during a ceremony on Nov. 19 in Columbia. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Town 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 10th 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.

“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.

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.

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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