The Ohio State Highway Patrol – Portsmouth Post was awarded AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for its safety efforts, according to officials at AAA East Central. Eight additional departments received gold, silver or bronze awards in recognition of their hard work.
The platinum award is given to “Commendable Leaders” for their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared towards making communities safer.
Gold awards, the second highest recognition to be given, were awarded to West Union Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Posts in Gallipolis and Ironton.
A silver award was presented to Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
Bronze awards were earned by Manchester, New Boston, Portsmouth and South Point Police Departments.
The departments were among hundreds nationwide that participated in the Community Traffic Safety Program.
“We are proud of all these departments for their achievement and participation in the Community Traffic Safety Program,” said JJ Miller, AAA East Central Safety Advisor. “They went above and beyond the call of duty by organizing projects to make their communities safer places for motorists and residents.”
To be eligible for the annual awards, a community must conduct traffic safety promotions and educate the public on safety topics.
AAA East Central conducts a variety of free highway safety programs across South Central Ohio focusing on all age groups. The Club also partners with law enforcement and safety agencies on initiatives to improve the safety of the community and local highways.
AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 82 local offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Kentucky serving more than 2.7 million members.