Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Shawnee PD Receives Award From AAA

At Tuesday's 3/5/13 the Shawnee PD received the Gold Community Traffic
Safety Award from AAA Kansas.

The purpose of the award is to encourage communities to address local traffic safety issues in a coordinated and cost-effective way. Communities are scored on the success of their efforts in conducting traffic safety enforcement, education and engineering programs.  Examples of these traffic safety programs are Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, “Click It or Ticket” deployments, and sobriety checklanes and saturation patrols to deter impaired driving.

For 2012, Shawnee qualified for a GOLD Award. The GOLD award is given to communities that implement programs and projects that demonstrate SUPERIOR efforts at addressing local traffic safety issues. They accomplished this through expanded traffic safety programming.

The Shawnee Police Department also conducted high-visibility vehicle and motorcycle enforcement to combat aggressive drivers and hazardous driving, Operation Impact and nighttime seat belt enforcement.  They even connected with young drivers through the "Smart Choices" program in the high schools to improve seat belt use, and DUI and texting while driving prevention education.

The award was presented to Sergeant Jim Baker and Traffic Safety Officers Matt Klein, Steve Walsh, Matt Sumpter, and Nate Karlin with the 2012 Kansas Triple A Community Traffic Safety GOLD Award. Congratulations on a job well done.