Putnam County Traffic Safety Board Wins “Outstanding Organization in Traffic Safety” in AAA’s 59th Annual Traffic Safety Program

Judie Mirra and John Corlett (AAA Vice President of Government and Public Affairs)

The Putnam County Traffic Safety Board has won the prestigious Outstanding Organization in Traffic Safety Award and has Ron Cummings won a Traffic Safety Hero Award, posthumously, for efforts during 2022 in AAA Northeast’s Community Traffic Safety Awards Program, John Corlett, Vice President of Public & Government Affairs, announced today. AAA has long recognized communities that make outstanding efforts to make the region’s roads safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

 AAA Northeast’s focus is on the national Safe System Approach, which takes into account five key areas- Safe Roadway Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads and Post- Crash Care. This puts the onus on both communities as well as the roadway users, that we all share in the responsibility for safety on the roads. The Traffic Safety Board was cited for stepping up and adjusting its many traffic safety efforts for 2022 to keep roadway incidents down. Those initiatives included a multitude of programs aided at keeping all roadway users safe. The Board collaborated efforts with the Putnam County Youth Bureau to reduce teen driving crashes, conducting interactive sessions for high school seniors on impaired and dangerous driving. In addition, the County Traffic Safety Board conducts numerous safety events, including car seat checks, CarFit check ups, bus drills, and they print and provide a seasonal traffic safety newsletter -print copies and available on their website and Facebook page which has over 1K followers.

Ron Cummings received the Traffic Safety Hero Award, posthumously, for his long and passionate dedication to all things about safety. A 20+ year member of the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, Ron conducted numerous educational programs on driving safety, Senior Mobility, CarFit, School Bus Safety and more. He was a member of the Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, serving as fire fighter, Fire Police officer, EMT and CPR instructor. Ron Cummings was an integral part of the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, and is greatly missed.

Congratulations to the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, and to the many communities participating in this prestigious annual awards program.

Submitted by Brewster, NY

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