Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, represented by Sheriff Dan Peak and Undersheriff Steve Geier, were presented their sixth AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Award. Jim Hanni, AAA spokesperson, presented the award during the County Commission meeting.
“They are one of only 4 Sheriff’s Offices in KS to qualify for the award at the PLATINUM level…and this is the 4th PLATINUM award for them in the six years of the award program,” said Hanni.
“This is the highest traffic safety award a law enforcement agency can receive from AAA, awarded to agencies for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate OUTSTANDING EFFORT at addressing local traffic safety issues,” Hanni added.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for their use of a traffic safety committee that meets every other month with other organizations besides themselves to identify traffic safety problems and solutions.
The office was also recognized for having a departmental policy requiring the use of seat belts in dept. vehicles; for their participation in the SAFE teen seatbelt usage program in the Crawford Co. high schools;
Also for their high visibility enforcement efforts with SAFE, Click It Or Ticket and You Drink You Drive You Lose and for the Driver Improvement Classes they offer citizens periodically through the year.
These OUTSTANDING efforts have resulted in:
- Adult seat belt usage improving dramatically over the past five years, from 72 to 93 percent
- Teen belt use in the County has moved from 80 to 92%, same time period, and thanks to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office efforts with SAFE…SAFE high school usage has reached 92% now.
- Alcohol arrests have dropped from 68 in ’13 to 35 in ’15.
- Alcohol crashes have dropped from 14 in ’11 to 8 in ‘15