Parma Heights police win award

February 28, 2014 by  

The American Automobile Association has announced it was awarding the Parma Heights police department its highest honor, the Platinum award in its ‘AAA Community Traffic Safety Program’.

According to a February 5, 2014 article, only seven departments in northeast Ohio won this prestigious award, and the Parma Heights department is justly proud of its accomplishment.

The goal of the AAA’s program is to support communities as they work to solve safety issues involving local traffic in ways that are both coordinated and cost effective, by focusing on engineering, education, and enforcement. The department was recognized for its efforts in making the community’s roads safer for all those who use them, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Michael P. Byrne, mayor of Parma Heights, said that safety will always be his first priority, and that he knows safety personnel in the city’s various departments are working hard to make sure citizens are safe both at home and on the roads. Jim Lehman, East Central president of the AAA, said that it’s a great challenge for communities to identify and solve the hazardous problems that arise in local traffic, and the prize-winning cities have proven to be leaders in developing live-saving solutions.

Parma officials could build on this by working with brochure printers to create a mailer for community residents, telling about the award and also asking them to identify any traffic or safety issues they feel the city should address.