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Easley, other local communities honored for traffic safety efforts

When it comes to car accidents on South Carolina roads, we tend to hear more of the bad versus the good, but recently some good news has come through for the city of Easley in terms of their efforts to keep city roads safe.

The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety named the city a 2012 South Carolina Outstanding Traffic Safe Community. It was one of the 15 communities recognized in the state, and with a population of just over 20,000, it was one of five winners in the 10,000 to 30,000 population category.

The title is given to those cities that work hard to make their roads safe. A city police chief said they work hard to keep drunk and impaired drivers off the streets, promote seat belt use, and are specifically concentrating efforts on texting and driving with their younger drivers.

A spokesperson for AAA Carolina says when awarding the titles, they look at the number of crashes and officers per population, as well as what police departments are doing in order to promote safer driving. The department had 1,094 crashes in 2012 and has a total of 45 police officers, 29 of whom patrol the streets.

Among other recognized communities around Greenville were Spartanburg, Mauldin, and Iva. These awards are a great sign that officials are working hard to protect local residents. Although not every crash can be avoidable, it is hoped that strong efforts from our local communities will help to keep our families safe while they are on the road.

Source: Greenville Online, "Easley named traffic safe area," Julie Howle, Feb. 11, 2013

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