The city of Aiken, South Carolina is putting a recent grant to good use as it focuses on increasing traffic and pedestrian safety. The $242,910 award from the state’s public and highway safety office has enabled the city to hire two new traffic safety officers that are doing everything they can to earn their salary that is paid for through the grant money.
The two officers have taken their job seriously from the first day. According to the lead officer, there have already been over 800 traffic deaths this year in South Carolina, which is an increase over the 767 deaths recorded last year. This year’s total is expected to go even higher during the last two months of 2018. Through focused public education initiatives and increased traffic law enforcement, the officers hope to reduce the number of traffic deaths in the county and the state.
The officer in charge of the new traffic safety program through the Aiken Department of Public Safety spent the past 30 years serving as a highway patrol officer. This experience left a vivid impression on him and fueled his efforts to increase safety for all those on the road. Having witnessed many fatal wrecks over the years, he said he realizes that strict enforcement of traffic laws and public education on the dangers of speeding and distracted driving are essential to the success of the program.
How Aiken is Using Public Education and Law Enforcement to Improve Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
The Aiken traffic safety program is reaching out to the public to raise awareness of safety measures in place for their benefit. Through a recent public service announcement, Aiken County police officers made a video dramatizing safe pedestrian and traffic safety tips at a busy downtown intersection.
The two officers in charge of the safety program starred in the video, which focused on the benefits of using crosswalks and traffic signals to cross busy intersections. The public service announcement was initiated after a pedestrian was struck by a car at the intersection earlier this year. Injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle. Using crosswalks and traffic signals reduces the likelihood of being struck.
The video also dramatized how right-turn accidents have recently increased at this same intersection. The officers demonstrated how pedestrians in the crosswalk face danger when drivers are making right hand turns from one-way streets onto another one-way street. Since most of the drivers focus their attention on the left oncoming traffic, they often fail see pedestrians in the crosswalk before they are already into their turn.
The officers hope the video brings awareness to these common safety hazards and encourages drivers and pedestrians alike to take special precautions and pay close attention to their surroundings at all times. In addition to the video, tickets for speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and reckless driving are being issued more frequently than ever. The program’s focus on law enforcement is a reminder to all motorists and pedestrians that the laws are in place to protect them.
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