OHIO VALLEY — AAA East Central honored local police departments Tuesday for their efforts to increase road safety for all motorists. Fourteen Ohio departments received Platinum Awards, while an additional seven departments were honored with Gold and Silver awards.
“We are honored to recognize these local departments for their efforts in the Community Traffic Safety Program,” said Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs for AAA East Central. “Each organization has gone above and beyond their call of duty to make their community a safer place for motorists and residents.”
The Platinum awards were given to “Commendable Leaders” for their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared towards making communities safer. The recipients of the prestigious awards were police departments in: Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Piketon, Portsmouth, Waverly, and Wellston. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was also given the award; and Ohio Highway Patrol Posts in Chillicothe, Gallipolis, Georgetown, Ironton, Jackson, Portsmouth, and Wilmington.
Gold awards, the second highest recognition to be given, were awarded to police departments in Gallipolis, Greenfield, Ironton, New Boston, and the University of Rio Grande; and the Ross County Sheriff’s Office.
A Silver award was given to the Oak Hill Police Department.
AAA East Central conducts a variety of free highway safety programs throughout 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.
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