The Putnam County Traffic Safety Board has won the prestigious Outstanding Organization in Traffic Safety Award, and 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 and 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 that aided in 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 checkups, and bus drills, and they print and provide a seasonal traffic safety newsletter -print copies are 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 a firefighter, 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.